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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.
DANANG, VIETNAM -- Danang City is all set to welcome the participants of the 2007 Forum of the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for Sustainable Coastal Development (PNLG) scheduled for 5-7 September. The theme of the Forum is “Addressing Coastal Security by Investing in Natural and Man-made Hazards Prevention and Management.” The forum is expected to serve as an effective venue for sharing experiences, lessons learned and knowledge, particularly in integrating “hazard thinking” into the various aspects of local governance.
The Training Workshop on Financing Sustainable Environmental Projects through Public–Private Partnership was held at Fortuna Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 27-29 June. Sixty participants from 17 coastal provinces, concerned ministries, state-owned waste management companies and financing institutions attended the workshop. The workshop was co-organized by PEMSEA, the United Nations Environment Programme/Global Programme of Action (UNEP/GPA) and the Vietnam Environment Protection Agency (VEPA), specifically the Integrated River Basin, Coastal and Marine Management Division.
LADY ELLIOT ISLAND, AUSTRALIA -- The global extent of the 1997-1998 mass bleaching event, destroying 16 percent of the world’s coral reefs, have fuelled scientific curiosity about the causes of mass bleaching and the implications of these events for future coral reef condition. It has been established that mass bleaching events are caused primarily by increased sea temperatures. Bleached corals can survive if stressful conditions subside soon enough. However, if stresses are severe or persistent, these may cause as much as 90 percent mortality in corals.
PEMSEA Shares Experiences on SDS-SEA Development and Implementation in the Seminar on Maritime Policies and Globalization in Azores, Portugal
PEMSEA participated in the Seminar on Maritime Policies and Globalization in Azores, Portugal from 9 to 10 July. The seminar was one of the series of three seminars organized by the Government of Portugal in preparation for its accession to the Chairmanship of the European Commission.
The PEMSEA website (www.pemsea.org) has been online for a decade, providing partners and stakeholders with a wealth of information, including methodologies and best practices for the effective management of the coasts and seas in the East Asian region, regional news and updates, training opportunities, environmental investments as well as information sheets and interactive activities for young people.
Manila, Philippines - Last 23 February 2011 saw a gathering of local government representatives surrounding Manila Bay for a workshop entitled "ICM Implementation and Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): Supporting the Implementation of the Operational Plan for the Manila Bay Coastal Strategy." The event was attended by more than 60 participants.
Guimaras Province - A three-day consolidation and validation of data and information gathered for the State of the Coasts (SOC) indicators was conducted on 18-20 January 2010 as part of the ongoing activities of the Province to develop its SOC Baseline. The SOC Baseline aimed to set the baseline environmental and socioeconomic conditions of the island Province, upon which changes over time can be compared. It also aimed to document existing management interventions being undertaken in the area to address the environmental issues. This comprehensive assessment will also serve as basis for prioritizing issues that will be considered in the strategic planning for the ICM program.
In celebration of World Oceans Day, Prof. Raphael P. M. Lotilla, PEMSEA Resource Facility Executive Director was recently a guest on the television programs Abante Pilipinas (Onward Philippines) and One Morning Show. Prof. Lotilla introduced PEMSEA during the programs as well as the application of integrated coastal management (ICM) for the sustainable development of marine and coastal areas in the East Asian Seas region. He also explained the significance of World Oceans Day.
Tagaytay City, Philippines - Thirty-three participants from the central office and various regional offices of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) around Manila Bay, the provincial governments of Batangas, Bataan and Cavite and De La Salle University in Lipa, Batangas completed a training workshop on the Integrated Information Management System for Coastal and Marine Environment (IIMS) conducted from 23-26 February by DENR and PEMSEA.