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Water management (decisions 19/14 A to E)

Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (decision 19/14 A)

48. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.36), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal draft submitted by the representatives of Bangladesh, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Poland, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America, combining draft decisions UNEP/GC.19/L.6 and UNEP/GC.19/L.19 submitted by the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

49. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

Institutional arrangements for implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities: strengthening of the regional seas programmes in Latin

America and the Caribbean (decision 19/14 B)

50. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.32), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal draft submitted by the representatives of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries, with additional text added by the Committee in paragraph 2.

51. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

Oceans management (decision 19/14 C)

52. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.35), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal draft submitted by the representatives of Colombia and the Netherlands (on behalf of the European Union).

53. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

54. Following the adoption of the decision, the Executive Director said that its implementation would involve financial implications of an additional $250,000 over and above the allocation for 1998-1999 Fund programme activities. UNEP would seek counterpart funding to enable the activity to be completed within the given timeframe.

Freshwater (decision 19/14 D)

55. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.53), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal draft submitted by the representatives of Canada, China, Japan, Kenya, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America, with an editorial correction to the operative paragraph.

56. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

Establishment of a regional seas programme for the East Central Pacific (decision 19/14 E)

57. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.31/Rev.1), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal draft submitted by the representatives of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries, on the understanding that the representatives of the United States of America and Colombia would hold consultations with to view to a decision on the nomenclature to be used for the geographical area to be covered by the programme. The approved draft decision was subsequently revised to reflect the agreed nomenclature.

58. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.