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The 3rd Fisheries Management and Marine Environment Workshop

Beijing, China      
10 – 11 April 2019

The China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) co-hosted the abovementioned workshop which brought together experts and officials from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam to discuss cooperative strategies to protect the region’s ecosystems and promote the sustainable management of its living resources. The workshop focused on better understanding possible areas of regional cooperation in fisheries management and marine protected areas (MPAs) in two separate days of discussions.

There is overall consensus that the South China Sea (SCS) is increasingly being polluted and overfished, and requires cooperation among the bordering states. In view of this, the HD Centre convened two workshops in 2018 to address concerns over the decline of fish stocks and biological diversity and ensure sustainability in the region.

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Group picture of the delegates and participants 
Source: HD

The 1st meeting in Beijing in June 2018 highlighted the need to jointly address ocean plastics and marine debris and for better data sharing among the bordering states. The 2nd meeting, co-organised with MIMA in September 2018, reiterated the need for regional cooperation in managing marine plastics and fisheries resources for the preservation of fish stocks.

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During the forum

The Malaysian delegation to the 3rd meeting comprised representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Security Council, Department of Fisheries, and MIMA which was represented by Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER).

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MIMA representative at the forum

International experts, including from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and University of Miami provided a global perspective on how multilateral cooperation could benefit the region based on experiences elsewhere. This was followed by presentations from participating country representatives who provided insights with regard to their respective national fisheries and environmental protection and management positions. 

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The Malaysian delegation to the meeting

The next forum scheduled for second half of 2019 will seek to streamline efforts and actions on the areas of concern.

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