5th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop
The 5th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop was held at the Hoi An Hotel, Hoi An City, Vietnam from 8th to 10th December 2009 as one of the follow-up workshop from the 2008 workshop. The workshop was co-organized by the Governments of Japan and Vietnam, in collaboration with the ICRI Secretariat. The workshop was co-chaired by Mr. Yoshihiro Natori of the United Nations University, and Dr. Vo Si Tuan of the Institute of Oceanography, Vietnam. It was convened by total of 60 participants, including 7 East Asian countries, 26 organizations from abroad, and 13 organizations from Vietnam.
The major outcomes from the workshop were the followings:
- Draft contents of the ICRI East Asia Regional Strategy on MPA Networks: The workshop have reviewed the draft Regional Strategy and identified some potential suggested activities through the breakout discussion sessions. These inputs from the workshop will be compiled and reflected to the updated draft by the ICRI East Asia MPA Network Working Group (hereafter, working group), and submitted to the 6th ICRI East Asia Regional Strategy for finalization.
- Updated work plan to further implement the Provisional Plan 2009-2010: The work plan for each action items in the Provisional Plan, i.e., timeframe, action items, and responsibilities of the actions, were discussed and agreed by the workshop. The working group will continue to implement these action items, and progress will be reported to the 6th ICRI East Asia Regional Strategy.
- Provisional plan for the 6th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop in 2010: The next workshop have been determined as to be held in Phuket, Thailand from 26th to 28th June 2010 (tentative date) back to back with the 2nd Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium (20th to 24th June 2010). The workshop will be co-hosted by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, and Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand, in collaboration with the ICRI Secretariat. The workshop have generally agreed on the objectives and agenda of the workshop.