Summary of the Fourth Regional Workshop of the First Round of Workshops in support of the Second Cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process)


Day 1: Wednesday 29 November 2017

08:45-09:00 Registration  
09:00-09:30 1. Opening and self-introduction  
09:30-09:40 2. Adoption of workshop agenda  
09:40-10:00 3. Current development in global ocean policies  
10:00-10:30 4. World Ocean Assessment I
Summary of WOA-I (

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10:30-11:00 Group photo & coffee break  
11:00-11:30 Plenary discussion: strengths and weakness of the WOA I

11:30-12:00 5. Possible structure of the WOA II

12:00-12:30 6. Review of assessments carried out since 2012 and to be carried out in the period of 2017-2020  
12:30-14:00 Lunch time  
14:00-15:45 Review of assessments carried out since 2012 and to be carried out in the period of 2017-2020 (cont’d)  
15:45-16:00 Coffee break  
16:00-16:15 7. Establishment of break-out groups
  • ocean and climate
  • marine biodiversity and ecosystem health
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • human activities and their impacts
16:15-17:45 8. Break-out groups discussion
a) Possible structures of the assessment(s) of the second cycle
  • What aspects of the ocean are most relevant to include in the assessment(s) to be made in the second cycle, and the extent to which it is possible to establish trends in relation to them;
  • How the establishment of such trends can most effectively be done in the different oceanic regions in a standard manner;
  • How the existence of trends can in future be evaluated;
  • How risks in relation to the various aspects of the ocean can be evaluated, taking into account regional interests and differences;
b) Regional priorities for the assessment(s) of the second cycle;
c) How to make the assessment(s) of the second cycle most helpful to policy-makers in the region with their tasks, including implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
18:00-20:00 Welcome reception hosted by the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)  

Day 2: Thursday 30 November 2017

09:00-10:00 9. Reports by break-out groups and conclusions
10:00-10:40 10. Consideration of what steps might be taken within the region in the period 2017 – 2020 to support contributions to the assessment(s) under the Regular Process in the second cycle
  • What increased cooperation or coordination between processes already under way in the region could assist in providing the information required for such assessment(s);
  • What can be done in relation to issues on which relevant data and/or information is known to be available for the region or parts of it, but where it has not been fed into any assessment;
  • What can be done to provide data and/or information by 2020 on issues relevant to the region where data and/or information are currently lacking;
  • How to improve arrangements for networking between experts and organizations taking part in each workshop, and the Group of Experts and the secretariat of the Regular Process.
10:40-11:00 Coffee break  
11:00-12:30 Discussion (cont'd)  
12:30-14:00 Lunch time  
14:00-15:40 11. Capacity building needs and opportunities, identification of best practices  
15:40-16:00 Coffee break  
16:00-16:40 12. Consideration of how capacities to achieve integrated assessments of the marine environment can be improved.  
16:40-17:20 13. Consideration of what steps could be taken, either within the region or at a global level
  • To improve the information available for the assessment(s) of the second cycle;
  • To improve the information available for future assessments
For information gap identified in WOA-I, please read p.52-p.56 of the (WOA-I Summary
17:20-17:40 14. Summary of Co-Chairs and the Joint Coordinators  
17:40-17:45 15. Closure  
18:00-20:00 Farewell dinner hosted by the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)  

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