OceanCare, a UN consultative status NGO, visited the CBCGDF to discuss solutions to underwater noise problems
2018/11/9 10:11:00 本站

Like CBCGDF, OceanCare has been the official partner organization of the United Nations Convention on the Migration of Wild Animals (CMS) since 2016. The partnership provides an opportunity for CBCGDF and OceanCare to work together to address issues such as ocean noise, marine debris and aquatic bushmeat, and work together to better protect aquatic and marine migratory species.


As early as January 2018, OceanCare discussed the underwater noise with the CBCGDF. The CBCGDF also formed a proposal for the two conferences in China based on the relevant documents provided and discussed with some of the CPPCC National Committee members at the meeting for the 2018 two-party proposal in February.


Among them, Ms. Wen Xiangcai stated at the proposal that “marine noise pollution is indeed a blind spot of concern. The Law on Noise Pollution Prevention and Control, which is being revised now, was promulgated in 1997. It has been 21 years since the law was promulgated. It also mainly solves the noise problem caused by industrial production, and does not pay attention to the ocean."


Mr. Nicolas Entrup, the Ocean Policy Consultant in OceanCare, has been working for marine noise for many years. In 2016, he met with Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary General of CBCGDF, at the signing ceremony of the partnership between CBCGDF and CMS. Dr. Zhou once introduced him to the work related to the “Economics Belt and Road” (EBRs) and the efforts made by CBCGDF in the field of ecological environmental protection in the process of promoting the “Belt and Road (B&R)” construction.


The visit of Nicolas was a continuation of the last meeting. On the basis of consolidating the cooperation with the CBCGDF, Nicolas hopes to listen to the opinions of the Chinese environmental protection organizations and strive to bring the underwater noise problem to the CMS and the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to explore solutions.


He said that the current underwater noise problem mainly comes from a large number of:


1. Oil and gas exploration

2. Shipping


Among them, in the aspect of maritime transportation, the use of propeller modification and speed mitigation can achieve good noise reduction effects. Moreover, this operation can also reduce fuel consumption and improve safety, and use a stable and constant transportation mode to calculate the destination, which could be the best way to optimize economic costs.


In addition, Nicolas hopes to organize the “Capacity Building” seminar with Chinese universities and research institutes to train talents.


"Since 1989, OceanCare has been committed to marine wildlife conservation. Improve the state of the world's marine wildlife through research and conservation projects, sports, environmental education and participation in a number of important international committees. In 2011, OceanCare received special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council on ocean issues."


(Photo: CBCGDF)

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By / Shuya