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PEMSEA News chronicles on-the-ground experiences and activities in PEMSEA sites and hotspots. Community-based initiatives, such as mangrove planting, coastal cleanups and waste management, are highlighted in the articles, as well as other workshops, conferences and programs organized or participated in by the Regional Programme.
Chonburi, Thailand - The Fourth National Contact Points Meeting on the Implementation of the Framework Programme on Partnerships in Oil Spill Preparedness and Response in the Gulf of Thailand was held on 22 November 2010 in Chonburi, Thailand. The meeting was attended by national contact points from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, relevant government agencies in Thailand, industry partners, namely, the Industry Environmental Safety Group of Thailand (IESG) and Oil Spill Response Limited, and PEMSEA.
Quezon City, Philippines - PEMSEA welcomes Ms. Melissa Cruz as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Specialist. Melissa will provide technical services to assist with the development and implementation of a CSR Recognition System, as well as the development of CSR monitoring and evaluation procedures and methodology, in support of the SDS-SEA strategies and objectives.
Representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia and Timor-Leste Join Training Workshop on State of the Coasts Reporting
Bogor, Indonesia - As part of PEMSEA's capacity-building strategy to assist local governments implementing ICM programs to conduct a regular and systematic monitoring and a regular reporting process, a training workshop on the State of the Coasts (SOC) reporting system was conducted on 16-19 August 2010 at the SEAMEO Biotrop in Bogor, Indonesia.
Over 60 village members in Prey Nob District, members of the Fisheries Administration and the Technical Working Group for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) in Preah Sihanouk in Cambodia came together for a consultative workshop to establish the 1,000-hectare Marine Protected Area in Prek Kampong Smach.
Lao PDR Calls for Stronger Sustainable Water Resource Use, Prepares Draft National Water Policy, Strategy and Action Plan (2011-2015)
Lao PDR - With about 90 percent of the country within the Mekong River Basin, water is the main resource in Lao PDR - a major socioeconomic and cultural determinant in a country of over 6 million people. Lao PDR has the highest surface water per capita in Asia which is about 55,000 cubic meters but the increasing development activities in the country threatens the sustainable use of water resources.
Bali, Indonesia - Efforts to build technical capacity in support of ICM scaling up in Indonesia and in the East Asian region recently received a boost with the successful conduct of the Training Course on Understanding Integrated Coastal Management, held in Bali, Indonesia on 30 August to 3 September 2010.
Liaoning Province, PR China - On 15-16 September 2010, the State Oceanic Administration of PR China and PEMSEA conducted the Bohai Sea Project's mid-term project assessment and planning workshop. The Bohai Sea project focuses on pollution reduction and investment through integrated riverbasin and coastal area management. The workshop was held in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, PR China.
Xiamen, China - The Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) in collaboration with the Coastal and Ocean Management Institute (COMI) of the Xiamen University conducted a Regional Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Train-the-Trainers Course on 10-14 October 2010 in Xiamen, China. The training course was participated by 27 individuals from academic and research institutions, national government agencies and local governments from seven countries, namely, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Quezon City, Philippines - "Tired but very fulfilled", was how a member of the delegation from the Vietnam Administration for Seas and Islands (VASI) described how he felt after the study tour to integrated coastal management (ICM) sites in the Philippines last 19-24 September, 2010. With the main objective of learning about practical experiences of local coastal communities in managing the marine and coastal environment, representatives from VASI rolled up their sleeves and (almost) got their feet wet in the Bataan and Cavite ICM sites in the Philippines. Observing firsthand the practical application of ICM on the ground was useful for them as they too will soon be developing community participation programs in Vietnam.
Pakse, Lao PDR - In an effort to strengthen the capacity of local communities, mass organizations and people’s organizations to develop community-based projects in Sedone, a two-day writeshop was convened and participated in by over 42 participants from the three riparian provinces in Sedone from 30 September to 1 October 2010.