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Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) and Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Pollution (GPA)

23-24 and 25-26 January 2012 | Manila, Philippines
 
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Highlights for Monday, 23 January 2012

On Monday, the Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) convened in Manila, the Philippines with the object of providing recommendations for the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), which will take place immediately after the GLOC from 25-27 January 2012, in Manila, the Philippines.

Participants were welcomed to the conference by Secretary Ramon Paje, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippines, Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, and the former President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos. Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist, UNEP, then presented on UNEP’s Foresight Process to Identify Emerging Global Issues. Next, the conference split into breakout groups for in-depth discussions of specific issues, including: managing the global nutrient cycle; marine litter; coastal ecosystems; wastewater and deltas. The breakout sessions were organized around speakers, panel sessions and discussions. A closed workshop of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), on the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency supported project on 'Spatial Planning in the Coastal Zone – Disaster Prevention and Sustainable Development', also took place in the afternoon.
A dragon sculpture, symbolizing the Chinese New Year celebration of the Year of the Dragon, at the venue of the meeting.
OPENING PLENARY:
 
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Ramon Paje, Secretary, DENR, the Philippines

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Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines

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Ibrahim Thiaw, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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President Ramos giving his opening address.

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Joe Alcamo, UNEP

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Jacqueline Alder, UNEP

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Conference Co-Chairs Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Raphael Lotilla, Executive Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)
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BREAK OUT GROUPS:
 
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Managing the Global Nutrient Cycle
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Dais of the morning break-out group on "Managing the Global Nutrient Cycle".
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Clement Lewsey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Kilaparti Ramakrishna, UNESCAP

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Kaj Sanders, the Netherlands

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L-R: Anjan Datta, UNEP, and breakout group Chair Analiza Rebuelta Teh, the Philippines

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WASTEWATER
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Dais of the breakout group on wastewater.

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Olivia la O'Castillo, UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)

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Bert Diphoorn, UN-HABITAT

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Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action (GPA)

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DELTAS
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Gordon Young, President, International Association of Hydrological Science

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Wim van Driel, Delta Alliance

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Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands

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Dais of the breakout group on deltas.

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L-R: Rodrigo Fuentes and Sheila Vergara, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

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Mundita Lim and Marcial Amaro Jr., the Philippines

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Heidi Savelli, UNEP, receiving queries from delegates.

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Participants from the Philippines

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Related Links
UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) resources
*GPA IGR-3 website
*GPA IGR-3 documents
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*Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) website
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