TIO participated in the 16th APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group Meeting
On Feb 25-26, 2021, the 16th APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group Virtual Meeting was successfully held with the support of APEC Secretariat and the hosting APEC economy New Zealand. More than 80 representatives from 20 APEC economies, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Viet Nam, and 5 International Organizations, such as Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),, APEC Virtual Working Group on marine debris (VWG) , The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Ocean Conservancy (OC), The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) etc. to participate in the meeting.
Group photo of the 16th OFWG
The meeting was chaired by the newly elected OFWG Lead Shepherd Ms. Alicia Gallardo. Members discussed the Implementation Plan for the Roadmaps on IUU Fishing and Marine Debris, OFWG 2021 Work Plan and Strategic Plan 2021-2022, cross cutting issues, the progress on completed, ongoing projects and the information of the potential projects.
The Chinese delegation is composed of representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) , the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and the Third Institute of Oceanography, MNR, APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center (AMSDC).
At the meeting, representatives of AMSDC and TIO made presentations on the upcoming APEC Marine Sustainable Development Report Ⅲ, the sixth APEC Blue Economic Forum, and the ongoing APEC Marine Spatial Planning Training workshop in 2020 and the Coastal Bird conservation Project.
The hosting economy New Zealand’s theme for APEC 2021 “Join, Work, Grow. Together. Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē”, depicts the collaborative effort required to reach a common goal. To chart the course through the COVID-19 response and lay the foundations for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, the policy priorities for APEC 2021 are: economic and trade policies that strengthen recovery, increasing inclusion and sustainability for recovery, and pursuing innovation and a digitally-enabled recovery.
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