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IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Advancing knowledge and cooperation for a healthy ocean and prosperous society

Cooperation with other regional programmes and projects

Cooperation with UNDP/GEF PEMSEA Project
On 16 December 2006, a Letter of Cooperation (LoC) and Partnership Operating Arrangement were signed between IOC/WESTPAC Secretariat and PEMSEA Programme Office. Both parties are committed to forging a long-term stakeholder partnership for the implementation of the SDS-SEA , During this process, IOC/WESTPAC can provide scientific inputs to address critical uncertainties for the management of the coastal and marine environment and its resources in the Western Pacific region.

Cooperation with UNDP/GEF YSLME
In accordance with the decisions of IOC/WESTPAC sessions and NEAR-GOOS sessions, a Memorandum on Understanding (MoU) was signed between IOC/WESTPAC Secretariat and YSLME Project Office on 23 November 2006, in which, inter alia, both sides agree to promote the application of Marine Science and Service in the conservation and sustainable use of Marine and Coastal Environment in the Yellow Sea, in particular, to cooperate in the data and information sharing and management, with a view to developing a regional network on data and information management, to allow wide use of valuation data and information generated by the two organizations. Afterwards, discussion on joint activities on database, remote sensing were being made and several common interests were being identified accordingly.