USCSCAP Workshop on Maritime Security and the Marine Environment

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Session 1: Global Regimes for Preservation of Marine Resources
This session will focus on the role of global regimes (i.e., UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, UN Conference on the Environment and Development, Convention on Biodiversity, Code of Conduct of Responsible Fisheries) in promoting cooperation in marine environmental protection, the preservation of marine living resources, and the exploitation of other marine resources. What general principles from these regimes have guided policy in these areas? What are their limitations? How have these regimes influenced conceptions of maritime security in the Asia Pacific?

Speakers:
Hao Duy Phan
Wang Hanling




Session 2: Regional Marine Environmental Protection Programs in the Asia Pacific
This session will examine regional environmental protection programs in the Asia-Pacific and their role in promoting cooperation in the protection of environmental resources. What is the status of the UN Environmental Program’s Regional Seas Program in the Asia-Pacific? What is the status of the UN Development Program’s Partnerships in the Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)? How are these two programs related? How have these programs influenced regional cooperation on marine environmental protection and preservation in the Asia Pacific? How do ASEAN-based and other regional marine environmental protection and preservation initiatives interact with these programs?

Speakers:
Adrian Ross
Alan White



Session 3: Marine Environmental Protection: Disaster Response and Maritime Confidence Building
This session will focus on the role of marine environmental protection and disaster response in promoting cooperation and building confidence in the Asia Pacific. What marine environmental protection and disaster response initiatives have been most influential in promoting cooperation in the Asia-Pacific? What can or should be done to strengthen the regimes associated with these initiatives? What role should regional organizations play in promoting environmental protection initiatives? What role should regional organizations play in operationalizing maritime disaster response initiatives? How effective have disaster response initiatives been in building confidence among states in the region?

Speakers:
Lee Cordner
Nguyen Lan Anh



Session 4: Promoting Good Order at Sea
This session will examine the role of promoting good order at sea in building confidence among states in the Asia-Pacific region. What are the basic elements needed to create good order at sea? How have cooperative initiatives to combat piracy in Southeast Asia influenced perceptions of maritime security? How has the Memorandum of Understand on Port State Control in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo MOU) influenced the safety of shipping in the Asia Pacific? What other initiatives are important to promote good order at sea?

Speakers:
Jim Boutilier
Martin Sebastian



Session 5: Wrap up and Key Findings
This session will summarize the meeting’s key takeaways.