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IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Advancing knowledge and cooperation for a healthy ocean and prosperous society

UN Ocean Decade Actions

UN 21:

Accelerate Marine Spatial Planning in the Western Pacific

Coordination & Implementation

The IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) established a Group of Experts (GoE) of Marine Spatial Planning in the Western Pacific and its adjacent areas to provide strategic advice and oversights on the development and implementation of UN21 project and support to accelerate marine spatial planning process in the Western Pacific and its adjacent areas. The Group was established based on nominations by Member States in the region.

Group of Experts

Arpana Pratap

Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF)


Hoang Xuan Ben

Institute of Oceanography, Vietnam


Ir. Suharyanto

Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia


Kazumi Wakita

School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University, Japan


Moon-Suk Lee

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), Korea


Nurfatin Wahida Puspa 

Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), Malaysia


Pham Van Lam

Vietnam Agency of Seas and Islands (VASI), Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, Vietnam


Sazlina Md Salleh

Center for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia


Sakanan Plathong

Prince of Songkla University, Thailand


Ukkrit Satapoomin

Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Thailand


Xiao Yang

National Marine Data and Information Service


Xin Teng

National Ocean Technology Center, Ministry of Natural Resources, China


Zhiwei Zhang    

IOC Sub-Commission for Western Pacific, IOC/UNESCO



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