The 17th APEC Roundtable Meeting on the Involvement of the Business/Private Sector in the Sustainability of the Marine Environment
Published August 31, 2016
Participants of the 17th APEC Roundtable Meeting (Photo: K. Y. Su)
The 17th APEC Roundtable Meeting on the Involvement of the Business/Private Sector in the Sustainability of the Marine Environment was held from August 31-September 1, 2016, in Taipei, and was attended by representatives from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Peru, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, The United States and Viet Nam. Participants from the business sector, academia, government and non-governmental organizations also attended.
Recommendations of the 17th Annual APEC Roundtable Meeting on the Involvement of the Business/Private Sector in the Sustainability of the Marine Environment
APEC economies are encouraged to:
Session I: Blue Economy*
- Develop research and innovative technologies to improve responsible aquaculture and capture fisheries to maintain marine ecosystem balance.
- Balance sustainable aquaculture and capture fisheries development, social wellbeing, economic development and protect the environment and vulnerable species.
- Develop relevant policy and management measures for sustainable development of marine environment and resources with respect to blue economy.
- Promote the involvement of the business/private sector in the blue economy development.
- Enhance marine industries’ capability, research and management to reduce the negative impacts on the marine environment and resources.
- Achieve the requirement of eco-labeling on sea food products.
- Promote the public awareness on responsible production and consumption.
- Increase the stock of marine living resources to ensure sustainability.
- Continue to conduct research on classification and accounting of blue economy.
*: The third meeting of the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group agreed to a common understanding on Blue Economy, which states the following: “For the purposes of the APEC, the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group views Blue Economy as an approach to advance sustainable management and conservation of ocean and coastal resources and ecosystem and sustainable development, in order to foster economic growth.”
Session II: Marine Debris
- Develop new technology to mitigate the impact of marine debris on marine environment and ecosystem.
- Investigate the sources, occurrence, and distribution of macroplastics and microplastics along the coast lines and mechanisms of transport, as well as its economic and social impacts.
- Develop a program and/or management mechanism to reduce the consumption of plastic products.
- Collaborate on reduction of marine debris on a regional basis.
- Establish partnerships among regional seas programs of the Pacific toward a common goal to prevent and control marine debris in the whole Pacific.
- Call for the recycling, reuse and reproduction of the plastic products.
- Promote and share the science, technology, knowledge and experience on reduction, recycling, and reuse of the waste.
- Call for the collaboration between public and private sectors to reduce the marine debris and clean the marine environment.
- Promote the public awareness campaign on reduction of marine debris to protect our ocean.
- Expand investment opportunities from government and international funding organizations, businesses and private sector.
- Establish a comprehensive marine debris management framework and upgrade infrastructure for controlling marine debris at domestic or regional levels.
- Develop scientific-based research and monitoring methodologies on marine debris and establish an integrated marine debris information system.