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The Yeosu Project

The Yeosu Project is the practical element that translates the spirit of the Yeosu Declaration and the theme of Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea into action. The Yeosu Project is aimed at supporting developing countries in their efforts to cope with marine-related challenges.
  • Significance
  • Summary
  • Progress

Progress to date

To ensure the smooth implementation of the Yeosu Project, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was commissioned to act as the project operator.

As part of the first-year project (approx. USD 1.8 million), 12 programs (7 R&D programs and 5 educational and training programs) were launched in October 2010 and ended in March 2012.

Three programs selected for the second-year project (approx. USD 1.8 million) were launched in October 2011.

The third-year project (approx. USD 2.6 million) will be launched, in collaboration with international organizations, in October 2011 and in partnership with the FAO.

First-year Projects

Research & Development Projects

Research & Development Projectst
Projects Countries Institutions Period
South Pacific Marine Ranching Project Fiji, Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute Nov. 29, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2011
South Pacific Marine Waste Treatment Fiji, Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation Nov. 29, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2011
Marine Environment Conservation and Restoration in Vietnam Vietnam Hyundai Information Technology
Korea Professional Aquaculture Engineering Association
Dec. 14, 2010 – Dec. 13, 2011
Ocean Circulation and Climate Change in Vietnam Vietnam Dongguk University Dec. 14, 2010 – Dec. 13, 2011
Disaster Prevention and Risk Management in the Coastal Area of the Philippines The Philippines Korea Maritime Institute Nov. 10, 2010 – Nov. 9, 2011
Environmental Vulnerability Mapping of the Indonesian Coast and Islets Indonesia Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation Jun. 15, 2011 – Dec. 15, 2011
Integrated Coast Management System in Jakarta Bay Indonesia Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute Jun. 15, 2011 – Dec. 15, 2011

Education and Training Program

Education and Training Program
Project Countries Institutions Period
Eco-friendly Harbor Management Technology 10 Selected Beneficiaries Korea Institute of Construction Technology Feb. 13 – 26, 2011
Eco-friendly Marine Fishing Technology 10 Selected Beneficiaries Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology Feb. 14 – 27, 2011
Marine Ranching and Coastal Ecological Resources Management 10 Selected Beneficiaries Hyundai Information Technology Mar. 6 – 19, 2011
Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture 10 Selected Beneficiaries Pukyong National University Mar. 6 – 19, 2011
Coastal Environment Conservation and Disaster Prevention Monitoring 10 Selected Beneficiaries Hyundai Information Technology Mar. 26 – Apr. 10, 2011

2nd Year Pilot Projects

Classification Grenada Sri Lanka Tanzania
Project name Research on the Establishment of Coastal Management System for the South and South East Coast of Grenada Project on Designing the Aquaculture Development Plan in Northern And Northwestern Province, Sri Lanka Feasibility Study on the Potential for Mariculture Development in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Purpose Establish management plans for developing the coast and coping with natural disasters Select suitable sites for aquaculture and set up a master plan Select suitable sites for aquaculture and set up a master plan
Project area South/southeast coast Kalpitya and Mannar Unguja , Pemba in Zanzibar
Project period 12 months 12 months 12 months
Contents - Conduct surveys of the coastal condition
- Bolster system for promotion of integrated coastal management
- Select suitable sites - Carry out feasibility study and set up a plan for aquaculture development - Select suitable sites - Designate fish to be grown and set up a roadmap for aquaculture development
Expert dispatch A group of 4 persons /3 times A group of 4 persons/3 times A group of 4 persons/3 times
Training in Korea A group of 4 persons/for 2 weeks A group of 4 persons/for 2 weeks A group of 6 persons/for 2 weeks
Research equipment 8 items from 8 kinds, including leveling profiler - 5 items from 5 kinds, including Current Profiler
Involved organizations -Korea Maritime Institute
-Korea
Environmental Science & Technology Institute
Korea Maritime Institute - National Fisheries Research and Development Institute
-Hyundai Asan

3rd Year Pilot Projects

The third year pilot projects will be commenced consecutively upon selection of 6 projects involving 6 international organizations including FAO, IOC, IMO, with priority on FAO-related collaborative projects.

IOC IMO-PEMSEA FAO
Project name Harmful Algal Bloom Observations and Strengthening of Regional cooperation in Africa Strengthening Oil Spill Preparedness and Response in a Sub-regional Sea Area Promotion of Responsible Fisheries Management by Combating IUU and Fishing and Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries
Purpose - Reinforce capability for marine environment management by upgrading predictability through observation of factors contributing to harmful red tides, and establishment of ecological and oceanographic approach-based modeling system
-Upgrade collaboration and research concerning marine science in Africa by setting up a roadmap for establishment of a system for local collaboration
- The Gulf of Thailand has emerged as a strategic area for ocean transportation (particularly of oil)
- Bolster measures to prevent oil pollution (current measures are insufficient)
- Establish a decision-making system based on hydraulic and oil pollution models through analyses of existing data of project subject countries, detection of data gap, and environmental vulnerability mapping
- Pursue efforts to realize a sustainable and living sea and assist poor fishing households in adopting responsible fishing; and help solve problems related to social and economic poverty by coming up with solutions to the problems of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), the main causes of marine resource depletion worldwide
Project area Southeast Asia and Africa Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam Small-scale fishermen worldwide (12 million people, including those engaging in inland water fishing and fish processing businesses)
Project period January 2012 - December 2013 January 2012 - December 2013 November 2011 - October 2012
Contents - Compare/analyze factors causing harmful red tides through joint local research
- Carry out concentrated research on two types of harmful red tides (an area currently lacking in sufficient research) - Check pending issues concerning marine environment research in Africa
- Establish a system for collaboration in marine science research in Africa
- Initiate joint research with international experts
Carry out environmental vulnerability mapping through joint operation between the relevant countries and international organizations
- Conduct literature surveys and onsite surveys
- Hold workshops - Utilize hydraulic modeling (Relevant countries /international organizations)
- Provide support with a view to increasing developing countries’ abilities to deal with IUU and based on guidelines of the Port State Measures Agreement and the Global Fishing Vessel Registration System
Involved organizations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission International Maritime Organization (IMO) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
COBSEA PEMSEA WCPFC
Project name Addressing the Challenge of Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Erosion in the East Asian Seas Sustainable Operation of Ports through the Development and Implementation of a Port Safety Health and Environmental Management Code (PSHEM) Building National Capacity and International Cooperation on the Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the West Pacific and East Asia
Purpose - Reinforce the ability to deal with the problem of sea-level rise through expanded application of the coastal erosion roadmap established by COBSEA - Contribute to environment-friendly management of ports and coasts in the area through application of PEMSEA-developed Port Safety Health and Environmental Management (PSHEM)
- Boost the safety of port facilities and workers
- Upgrade the ability for data collection, monitoring, and management concerning fish resources
- Acquire a more accurate grasp of local fish resources through increased knowledge and understanding
- Reinforce local laws, policies, and systems for the application of policy tools related to international law and WCPFC
- Enhancing the image of Korea and raising visibility of Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea
Project area 7 Southeast Asian countries Ports in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam
Project period December 2011- December 2013 January 2012 - June 2013 November 2011-November 2013
Contents - Carry out analyses of the coastal management policies and relevant laws of 7 countries (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam)
-Hold seminars for regional experts and set up a policy roadmap
- Appraise matters concerning financial and technological support and the environmental risks in seas subject to the integrated coastal management plan, and provide support for dealing with pollution in the managed seas - Provide technology to upgrade developing countries’ ability for fishing ground management; establish a fishing vessel management system; collect information
- Analyze status through onsite surveys and interviews with working-level personnel
- Hold consultative meetings and seminars
Involved organizations COBSEA -Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

MOU signed with the FAO in Rome, Italy on October 27

MOU signed with the FAO in Rome, Italy on October 27

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[UNEP-COBSEA Workshop "Regional Inception Workshop of the COBSEA YEOSU Project on Coastal Erosion and Sea-Level Rise," 30 July-1 August 2012, Bangkok, Thailand]

Ellik Adler, coordinator of UNEP / COBSEA (Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia); Choi Ji-won, researcher at KOICA; public officials and researchers participating in the project (Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam); and international experts etc. (25 persons in total)

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