The IOC-WESTPAC Sub-Commission together with several countries and their institutions in the region developed and registered this program as a UN Ocean Decade Project (“UN22: Stem the tide of Asia’s riverine plastic emission into the ocean”).
Organized a Decade Action Incubator named “Stem the tide of plastic and microplastic transport from rivers to the ocean” at the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) Regional Kickoff Conference for the Western Pacific and its Adjacent Areas.
Established UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center (RTRC) on Plastic Marine Debris and Microplastics
Established UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center (RTRC) on Plastic Marine Debris and Microplastics (PMDM), which was officially approved by the UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) at its 12th Intergovernmental Session (WESTPAC-XII, 2 April 2019, Manila, the Philippines).
WESTPAC inception workshop named “Distribution, Source, Fate and Impacts of Marine Microplasitic in Asia and the Pacific” was held in 20-22 September 2017, Phuket, Thailand. Establishment of two open-ended Working Groups (WGs): Microplastics in Surface Water WG and Microplastics in Marine Organism WG.
During this conference, a number of recommendations have been made towards future marine science development and cooperation in view of the emerging challenges that the region is facing. Among which a keynote speech titled “Marine plastics and microplastics: threats to marine ecosystem” was delivered and a microplastic session was held, which incubated this Ocean Decade Action initially.