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One Ocean, One World: The NOS International Program Office Extends Helping Hands to the Global Ocean Community


One Ocean, One World: Focus on Asia

As part of its commitment to the global ocean community, the NOS International Program Office fosters watershed management in Asia

Chinese professionals learn more about marine protected areas and geographic information systems

Chinese professionals learn more about marine protected areas and geographic information systems in a training coordinated by NOS's International Program Office. NOS and partners provide similar training across Asia.


NOS’s International Program Office (IPO) is leading NOAA’s collaborative effort with various governmental and nongovernmental partners in China to develop watershed management solutions. IPO assisted colleagues from the State Oceanic Administration of China, Xiamen University, and the Xiamen Ocean and Fisheries Bureau to develop a draft strategic action plan for watershed management in the Xiamen Bay-Jiulong River Basin. A regional committee led by the mayors of three key cities will soon meet to further discuss the plan.

In March 2010, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and the State Oceanic Administration agreed to a national framework of collaboration to reduce land-based sources of pollution to the marine environment, with the Xiamen Basin as the demonstration area. The region faces many challenges in terms of reducing land-based sources of pollution to the marine environment and ensuring safe and reliable sources of fresh water for the growing population.

Republic of Korea and Vietnam

Vietnam's Gulf of Tonkin region

NOS helped establish a work plan to advance ecosystem management in Vietnam's Gulf of Tonkin region, where many people depend on the water for their livelihoods.

IPO has had a longstanding partnership with the Republic of Korea, and is developing an emerging relationship with Vietnam.

IPO administers an agreement between NOAA and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry for Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. The agreement makes it possible for NOAA and Korean scientists and managers to pursue joint research in areas of common concern, from harmful algal bloom forecasting and testing technologies for offshore aquaculture to building operational, technical, and management capacity for adopting an ecosystem approach to coastal and ocean management.

Through a partnership between NOS, Vietnam’s Administration of Seas and Islands, and IUCN-The World Conservation Union, the Vietnamese municipality of Haiphong and the province of Quang Ninh recently approved an action plan that aims to jointly address priorities for coastal development in the region while conserving natural resources. Together with local community groups, local and provincial authorities also established a work plan and committed funding to advance ecosystem management in the coastal Gulf of Tonkin region.  The Vietnamese are now seeking collaboration with the provincial governments of China to promote a common Gulf-wide framework for conservation and development.