Enhanced Knowledge of Emerging Ocean Science Issues

At the Eighth Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), Bali, Indonesia, 10-13 May 2010, the Sub-Commission recognizes the need from Member States to establish a mechanism, complementary to WESTPAC Programs/projects, for attracting the leading scientists to deliberate on focused scientific topics, marine related societal concerns and other international emerging issues, decides to establish WESTPAC Working Groups with the Guidelines for the Establishment of WESTPAC Working Groups (Recommendation SC- WESTPAC-VIII.3: WESTPAC Working Groups), and requests Member States to widely disseminate this information and encourage their scientists to take part in this initiative.

Following the adoption of the Recommendation SC- WESTPAC-VIII.3: WESTPAC Working Groups, two WESTPAC Working Groups have been established, respectively on Asian Dust and its Impact on Ocean Ecosystem in the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-ADOES), and Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment (WESTPAC-GRAME). The two Working Groups have conducted their activities during the intersessional period (May 2010-May 2012) in accordance with the approved guidelines and Terms of Reference.

Following the achievement of the two working groups made over the last intersessional period, the Sub-Commission at the Ninth Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), Busan, Republic of Korea decided to establish other two Working Groups, each with a four year lifespan, respectively on Mapping the Harmful Jellyfishes in the Western Pacific, and Marine Renewable Energy Technology Development in the Western Pacific.

Possibilities of new WESTPAC Working Groups have been explored in the light of emerging common interests from member states in, for instance, the Indo-Pacific observation, research and development of marine renewable energy technology. These working groups could be expectedly materialized at an appropriate occasion.

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