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Thursday, July 19, 2018

IMO REGIONAL PROGRAMME IN EAST ASIA

INTERTANKO Asia Representative Ms. Minerva Alfonso visited Dr. Chua Thia-Eng, Regional Programme Director of GEF/UNDP/IMO Regional Programme on Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia on 21 July in Manila.

One component of the Regional Programme is to assist participating countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) in developing the necessary legislative and technical capability to ratify and implement international conventions relating to prevention and management of marine pollution.

The Programme has developed an approach focused on the practical aspects of [international] convention(s) implementation in addition to providing information on the requirements for replication.

**  Major Achievements:

Enhanced public awareness and political will to ratify and implement international conventions related to prevention and management of pollution of the marine and coastal environment Implementation of a regional network of individuals and institutions, collaborating and cooperating on the legal aspects of pollution prevention and management of the East Asian Seas

The "Guidelines on National Legislation on Marine Pollution Prevention and Management for East Asian Countries" are designed to provide countries in the East Asian region with a readily-available and common source of reference for the preparation of an orderly and up-to-date body of legislation concerning marine environmental law.  The guidance is based upon internationally-accepted legally binding instruments as well as non-legally binding instruments.

To promote a systematic approach to legislation development, each international convention is broken down into common and special elements. Conventions covered in the guidance include MARPOL 73/78, the London Convention 1972, OPRC 1990, CLC 69, FUND 71, UNCLOS and Basel Convention.

For further information: mailto:minerva.alfonso@intertanko.com