The first of its kind in the East Asian Seas region, the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) for Sustainable Coastal Development is a self-sustaining network of local governments implementing integrated coastal management (ICM) programs. Local government members develop and implement ICM programs using the same framework and processes.
Since its launch in 2001, the PNLG has served as an effective forum for exchanging information and practical experiences, skills and management know-how on ICM practices among its members. In particular, study tours and the PNLG annual forum — which members take turns hosting — provide the necessary vehicles for mutual learning and mentoring within the PNLG network. The recognition that ICM practices lead to improved coastal governance and result in concrete, on-the-ground social, economic and environmental gains in the communities have motivated more local governments to join the network.