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The 10th Intergovernmental Oceanographic Sub-Commission (IOC) of UNESCO for the Western Pasific (WESTPAC) International Scientific Conference

17-20 April 2017: Qingdao, China

The Western Pacific and its adjacent regions are of vast economic and social importance. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Sub-Commission (IOC) for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) is committed to promoting international cooperation aimed at generating and advancing ocean knowledge for marine environmental protection, ocean governance, and sustainable development of marine and coastal resources. 

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In line with United Nations Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 10th IOC WESTPAC International Scientific Conference on “Advancing Ocean Knowledge, Fostering Sustainable Development: From the Indo-Pacific to the Globe” took place in Qingdao. 

The forum provided essential opportunity in the region for marine scientists, ocean institutions and nations to advance marine knowledge, catalyze multi- and cross-disciplinary collaborations to address challenges faced in the region, including achieving the SDGs – with particular emphasis on Goal 14 i.e. conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The event focused on four main sub-themes i.e. (i) Understanding ocean processes and climate in the Indo-Pacific, (ii) Ensuring marine biodiversity, food safety and security, (iii) Maintenance of ocean health, and (iv) Enhancing knowledge of cross-cutting and emerging issues.    

Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment MIMA, who is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Oceanography and Environment (INOS), University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) contributed in collaboration with scientists from the University on two main areas presented at the forum. These included on the topic of ‘marine spatial planning’ at the “Session on Ocean Science, Policy and Governance” and ‘fisheries governance’ at the Session on “Ensuring Marine Biodiversity, Food Safety and Security”.      

MIMA is proud to be part of this collaboration and will continue to support high impact researches in marine science by integrating expertise from within and outside with higher institutions and centre of excellence in promoting sustainable ocean governance through science and policy integration.

 

Making an impact on ocean governance 

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