Summary of SACEP Programme Activities
During the 10-year period SACEP implemented the programme / project activities in collaboration with BoBLME, CBD, FAO, IMO, IWMI, NORAD, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), UNEP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNU, TRAFFIC International and various other partners, The activities carried out covered specific areas such as Bio-diversity, Climate Change, Data Information Management and Clearing House Mechanism, Environmental Education, Capacity Building & Training, MEAs, National and Regional Environment Assessments, Protection of Natural Resources, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Waste Management etc and activities under the South Asian Seas Programme (SASP).
Strategic Planning and Developing Market Based Instruments for the Medium to Long Term Strategic Planning of the Implementation of the Sri Lanka National Programme of Action (MBI/NPA)
|Dec 2004 – 2010 UNEP||Activity was carried out based on MoUs signed in December 2004 and revised in 2007 to accommodate the issues arising after the December 2004 tsunami. All activities pertaining to the project came into a conclusion in early 2010. The aim of the project was to assist government of Sri Lanka to further develop their National Plan of Action in order to facilitate fully resourced, transparent and politically endorsed national programmes that incorporate appropriate public spending programmes, pollution command and control regimes, market and/or fiscal incentives for pollution prevention and capacity building initiatives. The main focus was on land based sources of pollution, but all environmentally related issues were taken into consideration – with the potential in general to strengthen the GPA programme area through a holistic approach to environment.
Three reports were prepared under this project:
|2005 UNEP||A MoU was signed between SACEP and UNEP for ‘Rapid Assessment of the Environmental Damage due to the Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka’. Under this activity the Tsunami Task Force was established in Sri Lanka which submitted its report to the Government on both the Brown and Green Assessment of the damage.|
|2005 UNEP-DEPI||Developed and convened a regional workshop for MEA negotiators in South Asia and in particular, the project stressed on better preparation for those who are new to international negotiating processes in understanding and participating effectively in these negotiations.
|Oct 2006 - 2007 Centre for Environment Education (CEE), India||Scoping Exercise on Adaptation to Climate Change A MoU with CEE-India (Ahmedabad) was signed in October 2006. Under this CEE-SACEP initiative ‘A Scoping Exercise on Adaptation to Climate Change’ was conducted on 10 January 2007 in which government representatives and experts participated to consider a regional status of the priorities on adaptation to Climate Change under a consultative process. The report was finalized and submitted to the 10GC-SACEP.|
|2007 Centre for Environment Education (CEE), India Ministry of Education and Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka South Asia Youth Network||School Environment Awareness Programme SACEP conducted a School Environment Awareness Programme in collaboration with CEE, India, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Sri Lanka and the South Asia Youth Network. A series of School Competitions (Essay, Drawing and Painting, Posters and Photography) from January to July 2007 for different age categories were held. The main theme of these competitions was Adaptation to Climate Change and Waste Management. Award ceremony was held on 16 July, 2007 and a Panel discussion on ‘Adaptation Strategies to Sea Level Rise in South Asia’ and a Video presentation on Sea Level Rise was screened to show the global picture followed by the awards ceremony.|
|2008 National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, India||Climate Change and it’s Impact on the Flora of the South Asia SACEP entered into a collaboration with NBRI, a Centre of Excellence for the South Asian region to develop a programme on Adaptation issues related to Climate change and a regional workshop on ‘Climate change and its impact on flora of the South Asia region’ was conducted from 9 to 12 March 2008. The workshop was funded by the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Science and Technolgy, Ministry of Earth Sciences, India and SACEP. There were 53 participants. A proposal on adaptation to climate change developed by SACEP and NBRI was discussed and finalized during the workshop. 11GC-SACEP held in May 2010 approved the Project Proposal in principle subject to specific commitment from respective countries.|
|2014 International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Global Water Partnership-South Asia (GWP-SAS)||Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change South Asia Regional Workshop on Lessons Learnt in Strategy Implementation on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Water Sector was organized from 9 to 10 September 2014 in Sri Lanka in collaboration with Global Water Partnership-South Asia. The workshop gathered policy makers, researchers and practitioners of seven countries of the South Asian region together and provided a platform to share and to learn from each other on Strategy Implementation on Climate Change Adaptation in Water Sector. Approximately 30 participants representing Ministries of Environment, Water Resources and Climate Change of SACEP member countries and GWPO, GWP SAS, CEA, UNDP, IWMI and Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP) attended the workshop.|
|2005 - 2014 UNEP & RRC.AP-AIT||Phase III – V ongoing|
|2005 - 2013 Basel Convention||In response to the mandate of the 9GC-SACEP on Waste Management, with the support of the member countries, SACEP was able to get the decision at the CoP8 of the Basel Convention to establish a Basel Convention Regional Centre for South Asia at SACEP Secretariat and 10GC-SACEP held in January 2007 endorsed same.|
|Dec 2005 – 2014 UNEP||Based on a MoU signed in December 2005 the Marine Litter activity was implemented by SACEP.
A Regional Workshop on Development of a Regional UNEP and SACEP/SAS Activity on Marine Litter for the South Asian Seas was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 20 – 21 August, 2007.
As an outcome two documents titled ‘Review of Marine Litter in the SAS’ and ‘Framework on Marine Litter Management in SAS Region’ was finalized. The document was formatted according to the guidelines of UNEP and this publication is one of a series of 11 Regional Assessments and draft Regional Action Plans on Marine Litter in the Regional Seas Programme.
|Dec 2009 - 2010 Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Denmark, and UNEP||To activity took the message of ‘A Clean beach – A Tourist Haven’ for promoting sustainable tourism in the SAS region. The Blue Flag is a voluntary exercise and certification is awarded by FEE. This exclusive eco-label is presently awarded to more than 3200 beaches and marinas in 38 countries worldwide.. SACEP organized National Workshops in Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka in February – in March 2010 in collaboration with the National Focal Points to have discussions with stakeholder in member countries to propagate the idea of beach certification. These workshops provided a platform to further development of national programmes. Individual countries have agreed to pursue a follow up on the Beach Certification Programme.|
|Mar 2008 - 2014 UNCRD||Activity was initiated as a result of a MoU signed between SACEP and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) to promote EST in South Asia in March 2008. As an outcome of the MoU, at the Fourth Regional EST Forum from held from 24-26 February 2009 adopted the Seoul Statement on EST, ‘Towards the Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) for a Low-Carbon Society and Green Growth in Asia’. As a way forward, SACEP in collaboration with UNCRD, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), and Ministry of Environment of the Government of Japan (MOE-Japan) organized a Sub-Regional EST Training Workshop-cum-Policy Dialogue in South Asia, from 26 - 28 August 2011 in Ahmedabad, India. This workshop was attended by participants from the Ministry of Environment of SACEP member countries along with officials from the Ministry of Transport/Urban Development, resource persons, representatives from various international organizations, and local observers from Ahmadabad, India|
|July 2007 - 2013 TRAFFIC International||A Regional Workshop on Wildlife Trade in South Asia was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in January 2008 in collaboration with TRAFFIC International under a MoU signed in July 2007. Through the ‘JAIPUR DECLARATION’ adopted 11GC-SACEP on 22 May 2008, it was agreed to the establishment of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) and the South Asia Regional Strategic Plan on Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade (2008 –2013). SAWEN was launched in 2012, comprising of the eight member countries of SACEP and an Independent SAWEN Secretariat was established in Kathmandu, Nepal. The First Regional Meeting of SAWEN took place in Negombo, Sri Lanka from 3 - 6 June 2012. Government of Sri Lanka hosted this meeting in collaboration with TRAFFIC International and SACEP to devise operational plans to combat illegal trade affecting some of the region’s most threatened wildlife species and also worked on an updated work programme and discussed issues such as intelligence gathering, information sharing, capacity building and law enforcement cooperation. Further the Meeting recommended that until necessary arrangements are made the funds from the possible World Bank Project to SAWEN to be channeled through SACEP. 13GC-SACEP held in December 2013 recommended the removal of the Agenda Item from the Work Programme of SACEP related to SAWEN.|
|2005 – Feb 2007 UNEP-ROAP||Project concluded in February 2007|
|Sep 2011 UNEP-DEWA Division of Early Warning and Assessment||9GC-SACEP held in August 2005 identified Data and Information Management as one of the key areas concerned in the region. SACEP prepared a detailed project proposal to establish an Environmental Data and Information System for South Asia and was approved by the 11GC-SACEP held in May 2008. As an initial step, SACEP in collaboration with UNEP organized a twoday Inception and Training Workshop on Establishment of Environmental Data and Information Management System for South Asia from 9 – 10 February 2012 in Colombo Sri Lanka. Secondly, a Need Assessment Study was concluded.|
|2007 - 2014 UNEP, CBD, FAO, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, BoBLME,||An ongoing activity|
|2009 Government of India, UNEP, UNDOALOS and UNEP GRID Arendal||SACEP/SASP organized a Regional Training Workshop on ‘Marine Resources Sampling and Data Collection and Interpretation for South Asian Seas’ targeting mid-level managers to help them in effectively perform their duties in conservation and management of marine resources from 18 -22 September 2009 in India. This 5day regional training workshop conducted on board research vessel Sagar Kanya enabled the participants to understand the importance of Ocean Data Collection and Interpretation which benefited them to define policies and programmes.
The Training Manual provides detailed information with research articles presented in Five Thematic Areas.
|2010 International Sea Turtle Society & Indian institute of Science in Bangalore||30th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation was convened by the International Sea Turtle Society from 27 – 29 April 2010 in Goa, India. SACEP was a co-partner in organizing the Symposium. This important gathering bought together around 700 participants from 70 countries around the world for promoting the exchange of information. A South Asia Mini Symposium, was held on 26 April 2010, where representatives of member states, NGO and Academia sectors came together to discuss the situation and a mechanism for a united regional response to sea turtle conservation in the sub region. In this regard the role that can played by SACEP/SASP as an intergovernmental partner was also discussed. An important event that took place at this mini symposium was the signing of the Indian Ocean and South East Asia (IOSEA) Marine Turtle MoU by the Government of Maldives, which made all five member states of the South Asian Seas Programme (SASP) in this multilateral agreement established under the auspicious of Bonn Convention on Migratory Species.|
|2005 - 2014 IMO, UNEP, Five Marine Member States||Ongoing activity|
|2012 - 2014 IMO, UNEP, Five Marine Member States||Ongoing activity|
|2006 - 2008 UNEP-GPA / EU / ICRAN||Activity concluded. South Asia Coral Reef Task Force established.|
|2012 SAARC-CZMC, UNEP, BoBLME & CCD Sri Lanka||The workshop was organized by the SAARC Coastal Zone Management Centre in collaboration with SACEP, UNEP, Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Programme (BoBLME) and the Coast Conservation Department (CCD) of Sri Lanka from 21-24 May 2012 in order to develop and improve the monitoring capacity in the South Asian region for sustainable management and protection coral reef and other important coastal ecosystems. The workshop also facilitated impart training to the participants, sharing of experience & knowledge and developed an understanding of the coral reef ecosystem as an important monitoring indicator of the coastal environment for climate change and helped to improve the capacity of coral reef monitoring in the region. The workshop developed an understanding about the significance of coral reefs as an important ecosystem in the SAARC region and necessity of their conservation and management.|
|2013 - 2014 FAO, BoBLME||A MoU was signed between SACEP and FAO to implement the activity in collaboration with Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project. For detailed information :|
|2012 - 2014 UNEP-ROAP||A MoU was signed between SACEP and UNEP-ROAP to carry out the activity. For detailed information :|
|2012 CBD||SACEP organized an Exhibition Stall at the venue of COP-MOP-6 and COP-11 of the CBD from 1 to 19 October 2012 in Hyderabad, India. During the period, a vast number of Delegates and others visited the SACEP stall which included government officials, representatives of various organizations and students from schools, universities and other education institutes. SACEP publications and Information DVDs were distributed to the visitors. SACEP also organized a side event on ‘Challenges to Biodiversity of South Asia and Aichi Targets’, on 18 October 2012. Hon’ Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Environment, Government of Sri Lanka and the Chairman of the Governing Council of SACEP was the Chief Guest and Hon’ Dr. Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy, Republic of Maldives participated as Guest of Honour. Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka made country presentations at the side event. On behalf of SACEP the Director General made a presentation which was followed by a questions and answers session.|
|2006 & 2014 SAARC and UNEP||In 1998 SACEP in collaboration with UNEP assisted its member countries to prepare and publish their respective State of Environment (SoE) Reports. Meantime SACEP published South Asia Regional SOE Report and the Youth Version of it during the period. Since then SACEP has been a part of the consultation process for preparation of the South Asia Environmental Outlook (SAEO). SAEO 2014 aimed to review and analyze the current environmental state and trends, identify emerging issues, and provide policy options for consideration by governments to address the priority environmental issues identified by the 8 South Asian countries. This report is an update of the First SAEO Report which was published in 2009.|
|June 2010 UNEP - WCMC||In line with the International Year of Biodiversity and CBD/COP10 of the UNEP decided to prepare a Marine Biodiversity Outlook Report which covers all 18 Regional Seas Areas. The objective of this project was to enhance the understanding of key regional and global issues for marine biodiversity conservation through the issuance of outlook reports on the coastal areas covered by the Regional Seas Programmes. UNEP entrusted SACEP to prepare the Outlook Report for the South Asian Seas Region.|
|2011 UNU-INWEH, UNESCO||SACEP was a partner in conducting the 11th UNU-INWEH / UNESCO International Training Course on Biodiversity in Mangrove Ecosystems held at the Centre of Advanced Studies in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, in India from 5-19 October 2011. SACEP provided technical inputs to the development of the course material and also assisted in preparation of the course material.|