Day 2: Tuesday, 17 October 2006


The Second Intergovernmental Review (IGR-2) Meeting of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) continued today with a focus on partnerships


The morning plenary opened with a summary of outcomes from the break out sessions on Day 1.  Dagmara Berbalk, Germany, presented the outcomes of the session on mainstreaming the GPA into national development planning, highlighting the need for political will and endorsement coupled with national structures, such as steering committees.  Magnús Jóhannesson, Iceland, reported on the outcomes of the session on financing the implementation of the GPA, noting the need for strategic partnerships with the private sector, and the promotion of appropriate technologies, such as eco-sanitation, among others.  Elizabeth Thompson, Barbados, outlined the outcomes of the strengthening national legislative and institutional frameworks session.


Veerle Vandeweerd introduced the objectives of Partnerships Day, which are to:

  • Support and encourage the further implementation of the GPA in the work-programmes of existing partnerships, regional/global organisations and NGOs. 
  • Highlight the important role of these multi-stakeholder partnerships in implementing the GPA, benchmark their success to date, discuss lessons learned and chart a course of action for the coming five years.

19 workshops were held during Partnerships Day, in which a variety of new and existing partnerships were presented and discussed.


The day concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNEP/GPA, the Ramsar Convention and the International Ocean Institute.