From April 24th to 25th, 2018, the working group meeting of China-ASEAN marine park ecosystem management network hosted by the Third Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration and co-sponsored by Xiamen Ocean and Fisheries Bureau was held in Xiamen. More than 40 representatives and invited experts from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, Phuket Marine Biological Center, Thailand's Marine and Coastal Zone Resources Research and Development Center (East Center and Central Center ), Ocean Park Management Office of Terengganu, Department of MPAs Malaysia, Institute of Ocean and Earth sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia, Oceanographic Research Center of Indonesian Academy of Sciences, Marine Park Management Office of Geely Matra, Indonesia, the Third Institute of Oceanography fo the State Oceanic Administration of China, and Xiamen Ocean and Fishery Bureau attended the meeting. Chen Bin, Deputy Director of the Third Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration and Chief Engineer Lin Huaiyuan of Xiamen Ocean and Fishery Bureau attended the meeting and delivered speeches.
At the meeting, the participants from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand introduced the basic situation of national MPAs respectively, shared the case experience of national MPAs construction and management, discussed the community participation, land-sea co-ordination, cross-sectoral cooperation, effectiveness evaluation, baseline investigation, capacity building and other issues of marine protected areas construction and management, and discussed the current situation and future plans of countries to implement the United nations SDG 14 marine protected areas goal.
The meeting formed the working group of China-ASEAN national marine park ecosystem management network, reached a consensus on the compilation framework of marine park management case reports, carried out technical training of China-ASEAN national marine park management information system, and improved the framework of China-ASEAN national marine park management information system. After the meeting, the project team made a field survey of Xiamen Marine Park and Dongshan Marine Reserve, and further exchanged practical experience in marine park management of various countries.
This meeting is one of the project activities of " China - ASEAN marine park ecological service network platform construction" funded by China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund. Since the start of this project at the end of 2016, seven MPAs and marine park selection areas in China-ASEAN countries have joined this demonstration research project. Went to ASEAN countries and successfully completed eight multi-disciplinary joint ecological surveys of MPAs demonstration areas, which promoted the exchange of visits between China and ASEAN countries in the field of marine ecological protection for more than 100 people, and successfully held "China-ASEAN National Marine Park International Symposium on Ecosystem Management" and other activities.