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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 Coastal Contaminant Monitoring and Marine Innovation Technology

RTRC-Coastal COMMIT

The RTRC-Coastal COMMIT was officially approved by the UNESCO/IOC WESTPAC at its 14th Intergovernmental Session (WESTPAC-XIV, 4-7 April 2023, Jakarta, Indonesia), and hosted by the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP) of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU).

Aims to

  • Serve the needs of countries in the region to ensure ecological safety, and thereby protect key marine habitats and conserving biodiversity and natural resources therein;
  • Assist countries, particularly the developing nations, in the WESTPAC region and its adjacent areas, in enhancing their research capacity for coastal contaminant monitoring, promote the development of marine innovation technologies;
  • Facilitate international research collaboration for the protection of marine environment and sustainable development.

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