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Expert Group Meeting on Promoting Transboundary Cooperation among Protected Wetlands in the Tumen River Estuary

15 May 2020
Tumen estuary

Wetland in the lower Tumen River area is a biodiversity hotspot in North-East Asia, representing significant ecosystem and socio-economic values. To date there has been no systematic cooperation among the range countries (i.e. China, DPRK and the Russian Federation) on wetland conservation.

Following to the field survey result and recommendations in Rason, DPRK, in 2014 (report), NEASPEC has worked with national experts from China and the Russian Federation to develop a preliminary study on transboundary cooperation among protected wetlands in the Tumen River Estuary. By reviewing target sites and their socio-economic conditions, the study aims to evaluate the feasible steps towards strengthening and institutionalizing the transboundary cooperation in the Tumen delta.  

This Expert Group Meeting offers an opportunity to review the key findings and recommendations of the study and deliberate on the way forward to promoting transboundary cooperation among countries and partners.

15 May 2020
Session 1: Refine report recommendations (report authors only)
  • Introduction by ESCAP
  • Update on new data since last round of revision and review recommendations
  • Finalize conclusions and recommendations
15 May 2020
Session 2: Expert discussion (joined by key stakeholders)
  • Opening and introduction
  • Overview of the study on "Promoting Transboundary Cooperation among Protected Wetlands in the Tumen River Estuary" 
  • Discussion/comments on the report conclusion and recommendations
  • Summary of discussion and conclusion