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Regional Cooperation for the Protection of the Marine Environment

Singapore     
15 – 16 Jan 2019

An International Conference on Regional Cooperation for the Protection of the Marine Environment was organised by the Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and supported by JCLOS (K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea) to discuss cooperative efforts by existing regional bodies and platforms, as well as possible ways to improve the state of the marine environment in the region. These included the legal background, international and regional frameworks, and institutional set-ups.

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Group pic of the speakers and moderators at the forum

Source: CIL

Relevant governance models from the Mediterranean, Arctic, Baltic, and Caribbean regions were highlighted in benchmarking best practices and lessons learnt. The forum also emphasised on the OSPAR Convention and the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) for possible insights and avenues for cooperation in the region. Challenges and prospects and key issues on marine pollution and environmental protection were analysed including topical areas such as plastics and ship source pollution.

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During the forum

More than 90 participants and renowned speakers and experts from the region and abroad attended. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment and Jalila Jalil, Senior Researcher from the Centre for Straits of Malacca represented MIMA. A joint paper on Ship Source Pollution delivered by Cheryl Rita and Fairoz Rozali from the Marine Department Malaysia highlighted national efforts and actions to regional and international commitments on addressing ships source pollution. Possible models on the way forward were suggested.

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The Malaysian representatives (standing) with other delegates at the forum

The forum was a good opportunity to explore regional challenges and prospects including legal and political issues, the role of science, and financial assistance. Final discussions centred on the way forward and prospects for enhanced cooperation within ASEAN.   

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