On November 4-5, 2017, Workshop on Best Practices Sharing on Marine Debris in Coastal Cities of APEC Region was held in Xiamen.
This seminar is a project adopted by the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group, sponsored by China, Thailand and the United States as co-sponsors, under the guidance of the State Oceanic Administration and the Xiamen municipal government, and sponsored by the APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center/the Third Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration and Xiamen Ocean and Fishery Bureau. Senior officials and authoritative experts from Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Peru, Thailand, the United States, and VietNam in the field of marine debris management, as well as representatives from well-known enterprises and NGOs attended more than 100 people. Liu Zhenghua, deputy director of the executive department of the APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center, presided over the meeting. leaders such as Director Chen Yue of the International Cooperation Department of the State Oceanic Administration, Lin Huaiyuan, chief engineer of Xiamen Ocean and Fishery Bureau, and Chen yurong, deputy director of the third institute of marine affairs of the State Oceanic Administration attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches.
This workshop is a practical measure for China to implement the work on reducing marine debris in the Xiamen Declaration of 2014 APEC Ocean-related Ministerial Meeting, and it builds a platform for cooperation and participation of governments, scientific research institutions, enterprises, finance and the public on marine debris issues. Representatives from APEC economies shared their initiatives and experiences in marine debris management. Business representatives have explored innovative ideas of waste recovery, reuse and environmental protection disposal. Financial scholars have shared the development of green finance and ways to promote marine debris management by financial means. Non-governmental organization(NGO) volunteers called for strengthening public participation and publicity to jointly reduce marine debris . Through in-depth discussions from public, private and public perspectives, the participants put forward valuable suggestions to the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group, and made practical contributions to the management and prevention cooperation of marine debris in the APEC region.
With the rapid industrialization and urbanization of APEC economies, the increasing marine debris seriously threatens marine ecological safety, food safety and public health, causing billions of dollars in losses to fisheries, shipping, tourism, insurance and the like every year. marine debris has become a hot issue in the global marine environment, which attracts high attention from various countries and relevant international organizations alike. Multilateral mechanisms, including the United Nations, APEC, the G20, the East Asia Summit, the Northwest Pacific Action Plan(NOWPAP), the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of Asia(PEMSEA) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission(IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, have gradually incorporated the issue of marine debris into the discussion framework. China has worked closely with APEC economies in reducing marine debris and promoting marine environmental protection, and has actively promoted bilateral cooperation with the United States, Japan and other countries, and achieved positive results. Xiamen experience, as an examplar of China-US marine debris prevention and control partner cities, was also publicized at the meeting. It is reported that this seminar is the first international conference on marine debris held by China within the framework of APEC.