The first General Meeting under the Japan-Thailand Secretariat will be held from the 20th to the 23rd of October 2014 at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (http://www.oist.jp) in Okinawa, Japan.
Okinawa Prefecture is a chain of islands located at the southwestern-most point of the Japanese archipelago. The prefecture consists of 160 islands, both large and small, which are dispersed in a vast marine area of approximately 1,000 kilometers from east to west and 400 kilometers from north to south.
CBD-COP12: Priority Action Plan for Coral Reefs Conservation (Jihyun Lee)
15:00 - GCRMN updates
Caribbean region: Carribean report and workshop (Jeremy Jackson)
GCRMN East Asia / Asia_Pacific Coral Reef Symposium (APCRS) (Tadashi Kimura)
Report from the GCRMN Management Group meeting on GCRMN governance (TBD)
16:00 - Coffee break
Session 3: Regional Initiatives
UNEP Coral Reef Partnership / Regional Seas (Jerker Tamelander)
Green Fins, a regional initiative for managing the impacts of diving and snorkeling activities on coral reefs (Chloe Harvey, Reef-World Foundation)
17:00 - Enhancing resilience of coral reef ecosystems (Jerker Tamelander)
Report from UNEP Resilience workshop in Phuket
Future direction of reef resilience
17:30 - Wrap-up and close
Day 2 (Tuesday, 21 October 2014)
East Asia Regional Meeting (for ICRI East Asia members)
09:00 - Future Direction of East Asia Regional Workshop
Review of ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop
Updates from previous workshop on MPA Management Effectiveness
09:50 - Coffee Break
10:20 - Future Direction of East Asia Regional Workshop - cont.
Update on MPA database workshop (Kohei Hibino, Akita International University)
Direction for the next regional workshop
11:50 - Lunch
Session 4: Technical Workshop
13:30 - Workshop on engaging other sectors – community-based coral reef management
Introduction (Makoto Tsuchiya, University of the Ryukyus)
Coral conservation efforts engaging the primary sector in Okinawa (TBC) (Daijiro Kamiya, Okinawa Prefectural Government)
Mexican coastal communities support and promote conservation and protection of coral reefs (Ricardo Gómez Lozano)
Private sector involvement in marine conservation and management in the Dominican Republic (Rubén Torres)
Coral reef conservation by Sekisei Lagoon Restoration Project, based on comprehensive management approach with various stakeholders' participation (Tomomi Saito, MOE)
Community involvement in coral reef restoration and management in Cu Lao Cham MPA and Nui Chua National Park, Vietnam (Vo Si Tuan)
15:10 - Workshop on engaging other sectors - cont.
Sharing knowledge and experiences for promoting sustainable production landscapes and seascapes: The International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (Kaoru Ichikawa, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability)
CBD's Sustainable Ocean Initiative: A global platform for partnerships and capacity building toward achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets in marine and coastal areas (Jihyun Lee)
15:40 - Discussion
16:10 - Coffee Break
Session 5: Discussion on draft Motions
16:25 - Motion on "Implementing community-based coral reef conservation and management through a watershed-based approach"
16:55 - Wrap-up and close
Day 3 (Wednesday, 22 October 2014)
Field trip (all day)
The coral restoration center & mangrove estuary managed by local communities
The Tropical Biosphere Research Center at the University of the Ryukyus & the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
The Kerama Islands National Park (Diving)
19:30 - Reception (at Ocean View Dome, Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel, hosted by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan)
The entry airport for the meeting is Naha Airport (OKA).
Please note that there is no currency exchange counter at the "domestic" terminal of Naha Airport. For participants who will be taking connecting flights to Naha, it is advisable to exchange money upon arrival in Japan (e.g., at Narita) or before leaving your country.
The Airport Limousine Bus is the best way to go to the hotels. The hotels we recommend below are approximately 70 minutes away from the airport, and the ticket price for the bus should be around 1,600 Japanese Yen (taking a taxi may cost anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 Japanese Yen). Seating on the bus is available on a first-come first-serve basis and cannot be booked in advance. Please check the time schedule (PDF File), and make sure the bus you get on goes to your hotel (the bus route to the hotels is “C Area,” going towards OIST).
The following hotels are located near the meeting venue (OIST Graduate University, Seaside House). Shuttle bus service from the hotels to the venue will be provided.
Weather: late October in Okinawa is expected to be around the end of the typhoon season. As long as we are not hit by a typhoon, we should be able to enjoy Okinawa’s warm weather with daily highs around 28 degrees Celsius/83 degrees Fahrenheit and daily lows around 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Airport code: OKA
Official language: Japanese
Currency: Japanese YEN (currency convertor - www.xe.com)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +9
Country Dialing Code: +81
Electricity: AC outlet: 100V / Plugs: Type A
For better meeting arrangement and security purposes, all participants are advised to submit this registration form, on an individual basis, no later thanFriday, 19 September 2014.
ICRI Secretariat c/o Biodiversity Policy Division Ministry of the Environment 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-8975, Japan