NDCP and AFP-OSSSM co-host the Track II NADI Workshop on “Marine Environmental Protection” and 3rd Biennial Retreat

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The National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management (AFP-OSSSM) conducted the Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI) Workshop on “Marine Environmental Protection” and 3rd Biennial Retreat from 21 to 24 November 2017 at the Summit Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay City.
The meeting was co-chaired by Rear Admiral Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret), PhD, MNSA, NDCP President, NDCP and Colonel Adriano S Perez Jr GSC (Inf) PA, AFP-OSSSM Chief.
The participants discussed a broad range of marine environmental challenges confronting individual countries, the strengths and weaknesses of national and international legal instruments and policies in protecting the marine environment, and the role of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM-Plus in marine environmental protection.
NADI participants recommended for ADMM to, among others, promote closer cooperation among the navies of ASEAN member-states (AMS) and their cooperation with the maritime law enforcement agencies in “monitoring and deterring discharges of pollution and poaching of marine resources like coral and illegal fishing,” as well as to enhance information and intelligence sharing among AMS to respond to marine environmental crisis and challenges.
During the retreat, which is held every two years, the participants exchanged views on the regional security environment and challenges for ASEAN and ADMM cooperation. The participants noted that the “change in the political and security environment coupled with major power rivalry, has resulted in uncertainty in the East Asia region. This has implications for ASEAN’s unity and centrality in the evolving regional architecture.”
Also discussed were various traditional and non-traditional security issues, including the South China Sea, tensions in the Korean Peninsula, terrorism, and demographic and technological changes.
Founded in 2007, NADI is composed of education and research institutions on defense and security from all ASEAN member-states. NADI was established as a think tank group to support the ADMM. – Mico Galang

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