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Partnerships on Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia(PEMSEA)

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   Partnerships on Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia

Brief Introduction of the Partner

For more than a decade, PEMSEA has been at the forefront of protecting life support systems and promoting the sustainable use and management of coastal and marine resources through intergovernmental, interagency, and multisectoral partnerships.  It has endeavored to remove the critical barriers to effective environmental management such as inadequate or inappropriate policies, disparate institutional capacity and technical capabilities, and limited investment in environmental facilities and services. In the course of its operation, the programme has developed management-related methodologies, techniques, working models, and standards to strengthen practical efforts in the field.

PEMSEA programme components

Integrated Coastal Management and Risk Assessment / Risk Management

An integral part of this regional effort is the on-the-ground implementation of two management frameworks: The Integrated Coastal Management or ICM, which addresses land-water interactions and the impacts of human activity in coastal areas; and the Risk Assessment and Risk Management, which applies to subregional sea areas and the impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems. The ICM framework provides local government units with tools to harmonize the economic development and environmental management of coastal and marine areas. The programme has established national demonstration sites that provide hands-on experience in implementing ICM in various localities across the region—each with different development priorities.

Regional Networking

Stronger links between local government units implementing ICM have been achieved through the formation of the Regional Network of Local Governments, which provides an interactive venue for local government practitioners of ICM to share experiences in the governance of coastal and marine resources. This endeavor has consolidated and built on each country’s experience by transferring lessons learned and enhancing required skills and capacities across the region, supported by a comprehensive, systematic, region-wide action program.

Capacity Building

These initiatives cover specialized training seminars in ICM, environmental risk assessment and risk management, project development, coastal use zoning, oil spill preparedness and response, and integrated environmental monitoring, among others. Further, through the professional apprenticeship program, the regional partnership has been able to provide on-the-job training for interns and fellows and increase awareness and respect for other cultures in the region and beyond. Complementing these capacity-building efforts is the establishment of an ICM regional training center in Xiamen, China and national training centers in Batangas, Philippines, and in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Intellectual Capital

Harvesting the scientific and technical affluence in the region and processing it into workable solutions through venues such as the Meeting of Experts, has proven effective in bridging information gaps to support policy development. Through the development of the Integrated Information Management System or IIMS, sharing the technical inputs of science and packaging them into accessible information for regional consumption has been made possible. This web-enabled information system allows networking among project sites and fast access and connectivity to stakeholders and partners in all sectors throughout local and regional settings. Anchored on this concept of connectivity is the linking of websites among countries aptly called Coast to Coast or C2C, which aims to further supplement the integration of data among concerned stakeholders.

Public Mobilization

The influx of knowledge and skills in sustainable development has enabled the delivery capacities of non-government and community-based organizations, environmental journalists, the youth, and other stakeholders via concrete action programs. Partnership with the media has been nurtured through media conferences and forums on various occasions, emphasizing its role in sustainable development.

Environmental Investments

Recognizing that both the public and private sectors and communities in general can benefit by pooling their resources and sharing responsibilities, the region has employed the Public-Private Partnership approach or PPP—an innovative tool and alternative delivery mechanism that brings together the skills and resources of diverse partners in the development of environmental services and facilities at the local level, particularly for small and medium-sized municipalities.

Possible investments in environmental facilities and services using clean technology have been packaged into profitable projects around the region, and in the process, have turned environmental problems into lucrative enterprises. Current PPP projects include: the Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems in Pampanga and Bataan in the Philippines; the Integrated Environmental Management and Development Project for Maluan Bay in Xiamen, China; and the Integrated Industrial Wastewater and Hazardous Waste Treatment System in Danang, Vietnam.

Upcoming activities related to the Yellow Sea Partnership

As part of the Public Awareness and Communication Strategy, the EAS Seas Congress which features seven thematic sessions is an important event that could generate support for sustainable management and protection of the East Asian Seas, including large marine ecosystems such as the Yellow Sea. It aims to raise awareness and provide venues for discussion among various stakeholders and partners on the issues confronting the East Asian Seas Region and the ways of finding possible solution to these challenges. By targeting on a wide range of participants, the International Conferences and Workshops will serve not only as a learning experience

The EAS Congress also features the Youth Forum - a venue for young people in the region to come together and share experiences and stories, knowledge and ideas on improving coastal and ocean management. It aims to: (1) increase the awareness and appreciation of the youth on the rich marine heritage of the East Asian region; (2) to facilitate an effective learning experience through interaction with experts and leading authorities on coastal and ocean management; and (3) to seed confidence and develop leadership potential among youngsters in the region.

Contact Information

PEMSEA Regional Programme Office
DENR Compound, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City
1101 Philippines

Mailing Address : P.O. Box 2502 Quezon City 1165

Telephone (632) 920-2211; 926-3752

Telefax (632) 926-9712; 426-3849

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