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Lecture about NOWPAP activities at a local high school

On 14 January 2015, NOWPAP Coordinator provided a lecture to students of Takaoka High School which was designated as one of Super Global High Schools by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.  The students were lectured on marine environment issues in the Northeast Asia and NOWPAP projects addressing these issues.  Some students expressed their interest in working for the United Nations in the future.

NOWPAP at the Workshop of Amur-Okhotsk Consortium

As a part of partnership building efforts, NOWPAP representative attended the international workshop organized by the Amur-Okhotsk Consortium on 17-18 December 2014 in Sapporo, Japan and introduced NOWPAP activities.  In preparation for the 4th Amur-Okhotsk Consortium Meeting to be held in 2015, this workshop reviewed the recent progress in studies on environment and sustainable development in the Amur-Okhotsk region and shared information on future projects and activities related to the sustainable development of the region.  For details please check here.

Report on persistent toxic substances (PTS) in the NOWPAP region

The Regional Overview of PTS in the NOWPAP Region has been published recently by NOWPAP Pollution Monitoring Regional Activity Centre (POMRAC).  Addressing the general characteristics, sources, transport and ecotoxicological effects of PTS in the region, the report synthesized the national inputs on a group of chemicals which are defined as PTS. Based on existing data and information available from literature and from the national experts who provided the national inputs, the report presents an outline of the current status of PTS issues and efforts made by NOWPAP countries in terms of monitoring and research on the PTS.  Identifying the data gaps and needs for capacity building, the report emphasized the importance of establishment and enhancement of sound chemical management system and monitoring network in the region.

This report is prepared by Professor Yasuyuki Shibata of National Institute for Environmental Studies of Japan with contribution of the national experts nominated from China, Korea and Russia.  The whole report is downloadable here.

10th anniversary of NOWPAP RCU office in Toyama

The staff members of NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) and Special Monitoring and Coastal Assessment Regional Activity Centre (CEARAC) participated in a symposium held on 6 December 2014 in Toyama, Japan.  Organized by the Toyama prefectural and municipal governments, the symposium was attended by 500 local participants (mostly high school students) who were given a lecture and panel discussion about the United Nations and international cooperation to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of NOWPAP RCU office in Toyama.  The Toyama Prefecture governor and NOWPAP coordinator delivered opening remarks at the symposium. CEARAC Director was one of panelists during the symposium. Posters and brochures about NOWPAP were displayed showcasing some achievements in the past 10 years.

 Last updated 26 January 2015

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