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IMO Asean members set presentation of antipollution action plan in confab

IMO Asean members set presentation of antipollution action plan in confab
Lorenz S. Marasigan - August 27, 2019

Asean members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are set to present their action plans for their maritime industries at the Second High-Level Regional Meeting on Marine Environment Protection of the Southeast Asian Seas (MEPSEAS) in Manila starting today, August 27, until Thursday.

In a news statement, the Maritime Industry Authority said international consultants will also lead sessions and provide updates regarding the environment protection initiatives, as well as discuss the steps to be undertaken to capacitate countries in implementing convention requirements.

They will also lead sessions on the following: initial delivery of the training modules covering the Ballast Water Management Convention, Anti-fouling System Convention and Marpol Annex V.

“Moreover, the strategic partners will present relevant activities and programs, which support the objectives of the MEPSEAS Project, and will also explore possible areas of collaboration and modalities by which to pursue cooperation,” the statement read.

A four-year project that started in 2018, the MEPSEAS Project aims to provide assistance to East Asian nations in ratifying and implementing IMO Instruments for the protection of the marine environment. It is implemented in support of the Norwegian Agency for the Development Cooperation.