Regions and network

UNEPGEFUniversity of Kalmar
Subregion 61: Great Australian Bight

  • Major intergovernmental agreements and actors
  • Action programmes, strategies, and research
  • State of the regional environment
  • GEF Projects in the region
  • Other actors and initiatives

    Major intergovernmental agreements and actors

    Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna
    The objective of the Convention, which was adopted in 1993 and came into force in 1994, is to ensure through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilisation of southern bluefin tuna (SBT). The main purpose of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) is to decide upon management measures for the global SBT fishery, such as the total allowable catch and the amount that each nation may catch, and if necessary other additional measures. Scientific information, fishing catch and effort statistics and other data relevant to the conservation of SBT, ecologically related species (i.e., living marine species which are associated with SBT) and by-catch species, such as seabirds, is collated by Commission members. The Commission is actively pursuing efforts to bring non-Parties under the umbrella of the CCSBT so that the global fishery can be managed in a sustainable way. Cooperation with Indonesia is especially important as the SBT breeding ground lies within the Indonesian fishing zone.

    UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP
    Within the Water Resources Programme under its Environment and Natural Resources Development Division, the UN ESCAP organizes seminars and workshops on various issues relating to water resources, including: Water resources assessment; Integrated water resources development and management; Protection of water resources, water quality and aquatic ecosystems; River basin development and management; Promotion of infrastructure development and investment for drinking water supply and sanitation; Water pricing and promotion of private investment in the water sector; Water demand management, water saving and economic use of water; and Mitigation of water-related natural disasters, particularly flood loss reduction.

    UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, ROAP
    Working closely with the Division of Regional Co-operation and Representation in UNEP's Nairobi-based headquarters, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) looks to adopt global environmental policy to regional priorities and needs. It acts as a catalyst, co-ordinator, facilitater and mobilizer of resources. It puts particular emphasis on building partnerships with regional and sub-regional intergovernmental fora, other UN agencies, national governments, NGOs, the private sector, academic and research institutions, and civil society, and the media. See also here.


    Action programmes, strategies and research


    Australian Institute of Marine Research, AIMS
    AIMS was established by the Commonwealth Government in 1972 to generate the knowledge needed for the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment through innovative, world-class scientific and technological research. The web site has information about research capabilities, laboratories, current projects and staff.


    State of the regional environment

    GEO 2000 State of the Environment: Asia and the Pacific

    Global Enviroment Outlook 2000. GEO is:

    • a global environmental assessment process, the GEO Process, that is cross-sectoral and participatory. It incorporates regional views and perceptions, and builds consensus on priority issues and actions through dialogue among policy-makers and scientists at regional and global levels.
    • GEO outputs, in printed and electronic formats, including the GEO Report series. This series makes periodic reviews of the state of the world's environment, and provides guidance for decision-making processes such as the formulation of environmental policies, action planning and resource allocation. Other outputs include technical reports, a web site and a publication for young people.

    GEF Projects in the region



    Other actors, initiatives and resources


  • Global International Waters Assessment, GIWA
    SE- 391 82 Kalmar, Sweden
    Phone: +46- 480 44 60 00. Fax: +46- 480 44 73 55.

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