Archive for the 'General' Category

South China Sea Coral Reefs Publications

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project has published a series of technical reports on coral reefs in the South China Sea. The first reviews the progress and achievements of the coral reef habitat demonstration sites at Masinlic in the Philippines; Phu Quoc in Vietnam; Mu Koh Chang in Thailand; Belitung in Indonesia; and Ninh Hai […]

South China Sea on Google Earth

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

A layer for the UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project has recently been added to Google Earth. This new feature of can be accessed by visiting the Google Earth Outreach Showcase and was reviewed by Phil Verney of Google Earth’s Community Development Team on the Google Earth Latlong Blog. Click here to learn more about […]

King of Thailand Urges Response to Gulf of Thailand Erosion

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Several Thai provinces bordering the Gulf of Thailand were declared disaster zones last month after monsoon waves hit coastal areas. Waves were as high as 4 metres in some areas and caused substantial damage to the Gulf of Thailand coast, particularly in areas of Songkhla, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Many homes were damaged […]

On-Going Coastal Erosion Problems at Tanjung Piai, Malaysia

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Tanjung Piai in Johor Baru, the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia and mainland Asia, continues to be threatened from severe coastal erosion. The erosion is caused by the large waves created by an increasing number of vessels utilising the Straits of Malacca and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, and is most prevalent in areas of […]

Coastal Waters Assessment in China

Monday, January 15th, 2007

A recent assessment of China’s coast by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) highlighted that fewer than half of China’s coastal water areas can be classified as being “clean”, and noted that this situation appears to be worsening. SOA reported further that the ecosystems in most bays, river mouths, and coastal wetlands were “unhealthy” due mainly […]

National Hazard Mapping Programme for the Philippines

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Manila: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has instructed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to produce a national hazard mapping programme for use in warning communities and local governments about potential natural disasters. Arroyo said that the national hazard mapping programme would forewarn vulnerable communities and help increase the capability of local governments to […]

Bangkok Risks Being Under Water in 15 Years

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The Chairman of Thailand’s Disaster Prevention Centre, Dr. Smith Dharmasaroja said in an interview this week that Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, faces inundation within 15 years as it sinks further below sea level in the Gulf of Thailand and rains and high tides burst the banks of its waterways. Bangkok, once known as the “Venice of […]

ASEAN and Transboundary Environment Issues

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Environment Ministers from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met during the recent 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment to discuss transboundary environmental issues, particularly the problem of smoke haze pollution. Dr. Soeng Rachtchavy, Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Secretariat stressed the importance of collaborative efforts among ASEAN […]

A New South China Sea Blog?

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Welcome to the new blog for the UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project. The recent problems with the hosting of the site at SEA START RC/SEA-RLC necessitated a move to a new host, which provides magnificent support for tools such as this.
I hope that we can develop this blog as a conduit for sharing information about […]