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The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), through its Global Program of Action (GPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities, announced the signing today (March 22) of a collaborative agreement to establish an office in NOAA’s National Ocean Service to help provide effective follow-up support to the White Water to Blue Water related activities in the wider Caribbean Region.
Veerle Vandeweerd, director of UNEP regional seas and GPA program and retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator signed the agreement.
“Our vision is healthy, well-managed and productive marine and coastal ecosystems that support secure economies and livelihoods in coastal countries, said Lautenbacher. “To accomplish this, we need to improve national capacities of coastal states to manage entire coastal marine ecosystems and encourage partnerships that will develop from the White Water to Blue Water (WW2BW) initiative.”
The establishment of an office to facilitate and coordinate NOAA and UNEP’s activities in support of the marine environment will allow for the active application of best management practices in the region. The office will provide answers to questions, information on marine ecosystem management, and as resources allow, technical assistance in the form of training or on-site expert assistance.
The NOAA – UNEP agreement begins this year and continues at least through the end of 2007. NOAA specifically will undertake responsibilities in five areas:
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.
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National Ocean Service: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov
NOAA WW2BW: http://www.international.noaa.gov/ww2bw