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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.
Several award-winning climate change and marine and coastal management experts are expected to hold dynamic discussions and workshops during the 2nd EAS Youth Forum, one of the special events of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009. Among these are: Dr. Felino Lansigan of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB); Dr. Beverly Goh of the National Institute of Education of Singapore (NIE); Dr. Laura T. David of the University of the Philippines – Marine Science Institute (UP MSI); Dr. Juergen Weichselgartner of the Land–Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) in Germany; and Dr. Filemon Uriarte, Jr. of the ASEAN Foundation.
With the East Asian Seas region’s coastal and marine resources seriously degraded, countries are looking to marine protected areas (MPAs) as critical tools in their recovery. The Philippines alone has over 500 MPAs. Linking these together into a coherent network can offer optimum protection for the full range of habitat types and species and their movements, and including important routes for migratory species, such as shared fisheries stocks, and ecological corridors across ocean basins.
The 2nd EAS Youth Forum, one of the special events of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009, will feature the Legislators Hour, where participants will get a rare chance to meet and speak with their countries’ environment ministers and legislators.
The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009 National Organizing Committee, chaired by Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr., held its second meeting to discuss progress of preparations for the successful conduct of the event. The committee welcomed updates as reported by Prof. Raphael P. M. Lotilla, Head of Congress Secretariat and PEMSEA Executive Director.
Manila, Philippines - As the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009 approaches, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines, prepares to ensure quality management and practice of proper protocols with the conduct of a Training on Protocol and Conference Management last 27-31 July at the Bayview Hotel in Manila.
The Executive Committee of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council recently held its fifth meeting on 24-25 July in Manila. The Meeting was attended by representatives from PEMSEA’s 11 Country Partners and 9 non-Country Partners, as well as from the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok and UNDP Philippines.
Capacity on Pollution Reduction in Manila Bay, Jakarta Bay and Bohai Sea Strengthened in Twinning Workshop
A Twinning Workshop on Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) was conducted in Manila on 18-21 May, with representatives from pollution reduction projects in Manila Bay, Jakarta Bay and Bohai Sea. The twinning partners from Chesapeake Bay Program (USA) and the Masan-Chinhae Bay (Republic of Korea) shared good practices and challenges on Integrated River Basin and Coastal Area Management (IRBCAM).
PEMSEA and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity’s have co-published an issue of Tropical Coasts, titled "Coastal Resources: Productivity and Impacts on Food Security."
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and PEMSEA signed a Letter of Cooperation (LOC) on 13 August in Tagaytay City, Philippines, to formalize their partnership in promoting the conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine biodiversity and resources in the Seas of East Asia.
Zhuhai, Guangdong, PR China - As part of China's annual Ocean Day celebrations, various marine activities were held in major coastal cities throughout China. Zhuhai in Guangdong Province, provided the major venue for activities on the China Ocean Day.