09/04/2013 PERSGA 15th Ministerial Council Meeting

The PERSGA Ministerial Council held its 15th Meeting on 9 April 2013 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Council includes Ministers responsible for the environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden countries, which constitute the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.  
The Meeting was chaired by HRH Prince Turki Bin Nasser Bin Abdulaziz  (President of Meteorology and Environment- PME in Saudi Arabia) and the presently Head of PERSGA Ministerial Council,
The ministerial meeting, which was preceded by PERSGA Focal Points Session on 07 April 2013, has assessed performance and achievements during 2011-2012, and discussed and approved PERSGA work-plan for the biennium 2013-2014. 

The Ministerial Council has issued and approved several important recommendations and resolutions, which have mainly focused on:
  • Building capacities for monitoring radioactive and hazardous substances in the region
  • Adoption of two Regional MoUs on Port State Control and cooperation in fisheries management
  • Adoption of two new Regional Strategies for Ballast Water Management, and Reduction of Unintentional emission of Persistent Organic Compounds (POPs) in the coastal zone.
  • Implementation of joined projects and collaborations during the biennium 2013/2014 with several organizations including WB, IMO, FAO, UNEP, UNIDO, UNESCO/IOC, ISECSO and others. 
  • Implementation the Regional Strategy for Adaptations to Climate Change.
  • Adoption of the ecosystem approach to management of coastal and marine environments.
  • Strengthen the regional network for Contingency Planning and Response to Marine Pollution Incidents.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden