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PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for Sustainable Coastal Development


The PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) for Sustainable Coastal Development is recognized as one of the major driving forces in realizing the goals of Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) in its goal to cover 25 percent of the regional coastline with integrated coastal management (ICM) programs by the year 2021. Officially founded in December 2006 in Haikou, PR China, the PNLG has made major contributions to the SDS-SEA implementation through facilitating the implementation of ICM programs and addressing aspects of sustainable development in various forums and meetings. It also serves as an effective voice of the local governments.

The PNLG continues to facilitate the sustainable development and environmental conservation of marine and coastal resources of East Asia through advocacy, knowledge sharing, forging multi-stakeholder participation and partnerships among local governments, national agencies, civil society groups including NGOs and peoples’ organizations and the private sector.

 The PNLG charter lists the PNLG objectives as follows:

  • To enhance the capacity of local governments to plan, develop and manage their coastal and marine resources for sustainable use;
  • To promote the application of ICM approaches, processes and tools in coastal planning, development and management;
  • To facilitate the linkage between scientific technical institutions and local governments, in order to provide capacity building and scientific input to local government decision-making, policies and programs;
  • To implement innovative financing mechanisms and partnership arrangements for environmental investments with international and national financial institutions, private investors and operating companies, where appropriate;
  • To strengthen multi-stakeholder involvement in managing coastal and marine resources, in order to enhance societal and corporate responsibility for sustainable development of natural resources; and
  • To enhance local coastal governance, as well as interagency and multisectoral coordination mechanisms, in dealing with coastal and ocean management issues.

The PNLG Secretariat holds office in Xiamen, PR China, and receives financial and technical support within available funding allocations and in accordance with the administrative rules and regulations of PEMSEA.

To date, the PNLG has 45 regular members in 9 countries in the East Asian region, along with 2 associate members. We look forward to engaging even more local governments. 

Regular Members

Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia Karangasem Regency, Indonesia
Changyi, PR China  Klungklung Regency, Indonesia
Dongying, PR China  Sukabumi Regency, Indonesia
Fangchenggang, PR China  Tabanan Regency, Indonesia
Haikou, PR China  Shima, Japan
Haiyang, PR China  Northern Selangor, Malaysia
Laoting, PR China  Port Klang, Malaysia
Lianyungang, PR China  Bataan, Philippines
Qinzhou, PR China  Batangas, Philippines
Quanzhou, PR China  Cavite, Philippines
Xiamen, PR China  Guimaras, Philippines
Badung Regency, Indonesia  Changwon, RO Korea
Bali Province, Indonesia  Shihwa, RO Korea
Buleleng Regency, Indonesia  Chonburi, Thailand
Denpasar City, Indonesia  Danang, Vietnam
Gianyar Regency, Indonesia  Quang Nam, Vietnam
Jakarta Province, Indonesia  Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Jembrana Regency, Indonesia  Beihai City, China
Sepang, Malaysia Ansan, RO Korea
Pingtan, China Wenzhou, China
Sanya, China Kep, Cambodia
Kampot, Cambodia,  Koh Kong, Cambodia
Tangerang, Indonesia  

Associate Members

First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration (PR China)
Coastal and Ocean Management Institute, Xiamen University (PR China)