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IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Advancing knowledge and cooperation for a healthy ocean and prosperous society

UN 23:

Accelerating Capacity Development Transformation in the Western Pacific

Regional Network of Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) on Marine Science

RTRC on Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics

The RTRC on Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics was officially approved by the UNESCO/IOC WESTPAC at its 12th Intergovernmental Session (WESTPAC-XII, 2 April 2019, Manila, the Philippines), and hosted by the East China Normal University.

Aims to

  • Improve the research and monitoring capacity of countries in the region for plastics and microplastics, including sampling techniques, measurement, modeling, and impact assessment;
  • Develop and cultivate a network of talented young researchers on plastics and microplastics;
  • Share and learn the best practices on marine environmental governance among developing countries in the region.

Regional Network of Training and Research Centers (RTRCs)

RTRC on Ocean Dynamics and Climate


Host Institute: 
First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), Qingdao, China


Establishment:

11 May 2010

RTRC on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health

Host Institute: 
National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Jakarta, Indonesia


Establishment:

21-23 April 2017

RTRC on Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics


Host Institute: 
East China Normal University, Shanghai, China



Establishment:

2 April 2019

RTRC on Marine Toxins and Seafood Safety

Host Institute: 
Institute of Oceanography, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam



Establishment:

2 April 2019

RTRC on Reef Management and Restoration

Host Institute: 
University of the Philippines, Philippines



Establishment:

2 April 2019

RTRC on Coastal Contaminant Monitoring and Marine Innovation Technology

Host Institute: 
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


Establishment:

4-7 April 2023