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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 Tuesday, 24 January 2012

On Tuesday, the Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) reconvened to continue developing 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 25-26 January 2012, in Manila, the Philippines.

The morning began with a moderated plenary session to consider the reports from the breakout groups that took place on Monday: managing the global nutrient cycle; marine litter; coastal ecosystems; wastewater; and deltas. This plenary was followed by a moderated expert panel addressing “a green economy in a blue world – the contribution of marine and coastal ecosystems and management to move towards higher use efficiency, sustainable food, and water security and improved water quality.” Participants then split into breakout groups to discuss specific issues including: regional seas; Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN agencies; integrated water resources management (IWRM) – linking IWRM and the coastal zone; and ecosystem-based coastal planning and management. The conference closed with a moderated plenary session to consider reports from the day two breakout groups and a final plenary session to introduce draft elements for a report from the GLOC to IGR-3. Two side events took place: one on addressing nutrient reduction and hypoxia through GEF’s catalytic action; and another demonstrating a policy toolbox in support of making right policy choices to address nutrient over-enrichment of coastal waters. The conference closed at 05:39 pm.

View of the plenary during the closing session of the GLOC.
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L-R: Jacqueline Alder, UNEP; Co-Chair Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UNESCO-IOC; and Co-Chair Raphael Lotilla, Executive Director, PEMSEA

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Andrew Farmer, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

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Linwood Pendelton, Duke University

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L-R: Zhen-Ren Guo, South China Institute of Environmental Sciences; Annadel Cabanban, Senior Fisheries Expert, Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, UNDP; and K. Pattnaik, Chief Executive, Chilika Development Authority

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Mark Sutton, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Natural Environment Research Council of the UK

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Aquilino Pimentel, former Philippine Senator

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Edilberto Duarte, Nicaragua

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Analiza Rebuelta Teh, Under-Secretary, DENR, the Philippines and Mundita Lim, the Philippines
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Yohpy Ichsan Wardana, Indonesia

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Anselmina Liphola, Mozambique

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Mohammed Taha, Iraq

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L-R: Sandy Arcamo, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; Sheila Vergara, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity; Domingo Bravo, DENR; and Marivic Pajaro, Haribon

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BREAK OUT GROUPS:
 
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Regional Seas
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View of the breakout group on regional seas.
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Global Environment Facility and UN Agencies
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Jacqueline Alder, UNEP

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Bert Diphoorn, UN-HABITAT

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L-R: Alfred Duda, Global Environment Facility; Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands; Jacqueline Alder, UNEP; and Bert Diphoorn, UN-HABITAT

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Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
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Chuck Chaitovitz, Global Environment and Technology Foundation

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Peter Bjørnsen, UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment

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Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action

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Gordon Young, President, International Association of Hydrological Science

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Ecosystem-based Coastal Planning and Management
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Tundi Agardy, Director, Marine Ecosystem Services Programme, Forest Trends

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Richard Kenchington, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security (ANCORS)

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Peter Jones, University College London

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View of the breakout group on ecosystem-based coastal planning and management.

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CLOSING PLENARY:
 
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Co-Chair Raphael Lotilla, Executive Director, PEMSEA

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Co-Chair Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UNESCO-IOC

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Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action, delivered the closing remarks.

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Conference Co-Chairs Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UNESCO-IOC, and Raphael Lotilla, Executive Director, PEMSEA gavelled the meeting to a close at 05:39 pm.

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UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) resources
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*Text of the GPA

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