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Last modified March 17, 2010

For more than a decade, the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) has been active in the pursuit of sustainable development, protecting life-support systems and enabling the sustainable use and management of coastal and marine resources through intergovernmental, interagency, and multisectoral partnerships.


Since its inception in 1994 (Regional Programme on Marine Pollution Prevention and Management for the East Asian Seas Region) the Programme has developed management-related methodologies, techniques, working models and standards to strengthen practical efforts in the field.

Together with its partners, PEMSEA fulfilled its objectives and achieved a number of milestones in the field of integrated coastal management, which include the EAS Congress 2003 and the Ministerial Forum, that led to the signing of the Putrajaya Declaration, also known as the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). By adopting the SDS-SEA, the Putrajaya Declaration conveys a regional policy commitment to sustainable development of the seas of East Asia and to forge stakeholder partnership arrangements in addressing areas of concern.

The recent East Asian Seas Congress 2009 concluded with the signing of the Agreement Recognizing the Legal Personality of PEMSEA by eight East Asian nations, which transforms PEMSEA into a full-fledged international body to work for sustainable development of the region’s coastal and marine areas. Eleven Ministers and high-level delegates also signed the Manila Declaration on Strengthening the Implementation of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation in the Seas of the East Asia Region.

PEMSEA focuses on the development objective of facilitating the implementation of the SDS-SEA through the mobilization of necessary partnerships arrangements, operating mechanisms, intellectual capital, support services and resources for the achievement of the shared vision of sustainable use of coastal and marine resources of the region and the development targets of the WSSD Plan of Implementation and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

PEMSEA's Mission:

"To build interagency, intersectoral, and intergovernmental partnerships for achieving the sustainable development of the Seas of East Asia"

Programmes and Projects

PEMSEA programmes and projects are focused on three categories:

Management which consists of activities and outputs related to the establishment of long-term, self-sustaining regional mechanism with its own legal identity, which sets priorities and objectives, coordinates, monitors, evaluates and continually improves the approved partnership programs for the implementation of the SDS-SEA, adopted SAPs of individual large marine ecosystems (LMEs) of the region, and counterpart national strategies and action plans;

Core operations that consists of activities and outputs to directly assist countries in achieving the overall mission and objectives of the SDS-SEA, SAPs and national programs, particularly with respect to national policy and program reforms, scaling up of ICM programs at the National and local government levels, south-south and north-south technical cooperation in integrated/ecosystem-based management of watersheds, estuaries and adjacent costal seas through twinning arrangements; and

Supporting activities which consists of activities and outputs that entail the development of core human, financial, scientific, technical, legal, and information resources that are needed to ensure satisfactory performance of the project activities, as well as facilitate sustainability and continual improvement of the SDS-SEA programs at the local, national and regional levels.