North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network (NEAMPAN)

NEAMPAN was established as the most effective way to further improve the management of various MPAs in the North-East Asia. This subregional MPA network acts as a key subregional platform for information sharing, joint assessment, and monitoring as well as partnership with other regional and global MPA networks.

Objective

To establish an effective, functional representative network of MPAs in North-East Asia for conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity and more efficient MPA management

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Geographic Scope

Currently member States have nominated a total of eleven sites as NEAMPAN member sites, including six sites from China, one from Japan, two from ROK, and two from the Russian Federation.

Japan
Shiretoko National Park
Republic of Korea
Muan Wetland Protected Area
Suncheon Bay Wetland Protected Area
Russian Federation
Far-Eastern State Marine Biosphere Reserve
Sikhote-Alin State Natural Biosphere Reserve
China
Nanji Islands National Marine Nature Reserve
Shankou Mangrove National Marine Nature Reserve
Beilun Estuary National Marine Nature Reserve
National Nature Reserve of Dazhou Island Marine Ecosystems
Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve
Changyi National Marine Ecology Special Protected Area

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Project History

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The latest proposal of the project, “Strengthening the subregional cooperation through knowledge sharing on sustainable management of MPAs”, aims to support the goals of NEAMPAN as well as the Strategic Plan of NEASPEC 2016-2020.

Relevant Meetings
Workshop and the 2nd Steering Committee Meeting
15-16 June 2016, Suncheon, Republic of Korea
Twentieth Senior Officials Meeting
1-2 February 2016, Tokyo, Japan
21st Senior Officials Meeting
16-17 March 2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea
International Seminar on Marine Protected Areas in YSLME and North-East Asia
14 July, Gangwha Island, Republic of Korea

Relevant Documents
Summary Report: 2016 North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network (NEAMPAN) Workshop Summary Report: 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network (NEAMPAN) SOM 20: Strengthening Subregional Cooperation on Marine Protected Areas SOM 21: Strengthening Subregional Cooperation on Marine Protected Areas

In 2013, NEASPEC SOM-18 launched the NEAMPAN after a series of formal and informal consultations for strengthening subregional cooperation on marine environment. The adopted Terms of Reference (TOR) spelled out the objectives, geographical scope, target MPAs, network membership, activity areas, organizational structure, programme operation, budget, and roles of member States.

Relevant Meetings
NEASPEC/NOWPAP Joint Workshop on Marine Biodiversity Conservation and Marine Protected Areas in the Northwest Pacific
13-14 March 2013, Toyama, Japan
18th Senior Officials Meeting
5-6 November 2013, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
First Steering Committee Meeting of North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network
19-20 March 2014, Incheon, Republic of Korea

Relevant Documents
Summary Report: NOWPAP /NEASPEC Joint Workshop on Marine Biodiversity Conservation and Marine Protected Areas in the Northwest Pacific SOM 18: Strengthening Subregional Cooperation on Marine Protected Areas SOM 18 Annex: Background Report on the Terms of References (TOR) of the North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network Summary Report: First Steering Committee Meeting of North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network (NEAMPAN)

In 2011, the Republic of Korea government presented a project proposal on “Strengthening Subregional Cooperation to Address Environmental Challenges related to Transboundary Marine Pollution.” In 2012, Expert Consultation Meeting endorsed the proposal for launching the North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network (NEAMPAN).

Relevant Meetings
16th Senior Officials Meeting
1-2 September 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Expert Consultation Meeting on Environmental Challenges Related to Transboundary Marine Pollution
27-28 June 2012, Seoul, Republic of Korea
17th Senior Officials Meeting
20-21 December 2012, Chengdu, China

Relevant Documents
SOM 17: Strengthening Subregional Cooperation on Marine Environment SOM 17 Annex: Subregional Cooperation for Strengthening Marine Protected Areas in North-East Asia Working Paper: Subregional Cooperation for Strengthening Marine Protected Areas in North East Asia

 

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Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface area and are the major storehouses for heat from the sun, various kinds of minerals and living organisms, and food resources. According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the world’s oceans are highly threatened due to pollution, eutrophication, overfishing, and climate change.

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are “any area of intertidal or sub-tidal terrain, together with its overlying water and associated flora, fauna, historical and cultural features, which has been reserved by law or other effective means to protect part or all of the enclosed environment” (International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)).

There are large number of MPAs in North-East Asia, with varying sizes and ecological characteristics as well as the way they are managed. Most of them having been designed only within the last decade or two. Considering the transboundary character of marine ecosystems, NEAMPAN was established to improve the management of various MPAs in the subregion by sharing experiences and networking of MPA managers.

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Source: United Nations Environmental Program and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, as compiled by the World Resources Institute, based on data from national authorities, national legislation and international agreement

NEASPEC facilitates cooperation among various MPAs in North-East Asia and helps the subregion move towards collaborated governance on transboundary marine environmental issues, by strengthening the role of MPAs in the conservation of marine biodiversity and with the aim of reaching ecologically coherent network of well-managed MPAs.

Strengthening collaborative governance on marine environment and MPA management

 

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