Busan, RO Korea — PEMSEA is at an important stage in its transformation to a self-sustained regional coordinating mechanism with a focus on coastal and ocean governance in the seas of East Asia. The 4th East Asian Seas Partnership Council, which met in Busan, RO Korea, last 11-14 July 2011, focused on the key aspects of PEMSEA's transformation including the 5-Year SDS-SEA Implementation Plan, the PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF) Re-engineering Plan, the PEMSEA Financial Sustainability Plan, and the PEMSEA Advocacy and Communication Plan.
Preparation of the transformation plans started in 2010, including consultation and review by various Technical Working Groups as well as by the members of the Executive Committee. The 4th Partnership Council approved the documents in principle and agreed that the proposed plans are critical to: meet the targets of the countries in line with the implementation of the SDS-SEA; further strengthen PEMSEA and its delivery of services to the region; ensure sustainability of PEMSEA's operations; and increase PEMSEA's visibility and value in coastal and ocean management and governance in the region.
The 5-Year SDS-SEA Implementation Plan, which is being prepared both at the country and regional levels, is envisioned further strengthen collaborative planning, implementation and monitoring and reporting of the SDS-SEA among Country and Non-Country Partners of PEMSEA as well as with sponsors and collaborators. The national 5-Year SDS-SEA plans identify priority issues and site specific actions of countries, which will result in achievement toward sustainable development targets at the national and regional levels. The country representatives committed to finalize and present their respective national plans as a contribution to Rio+20 to be held in 2012. The regional 5-Year Plan is expected to be endorsed by the Ministers of the East Asian Seas Countries during the Fourth Ministerial Forum in 2012 as the region's key action plan for building a blue economy in East Asia.
The PRF Re-engineering plan, Financial Sustainability Plan, and Advocacy and Communication Plan were viewed as being measures for ensuring that PEMSEA's structure, management, operations, and financial mechanisms are able to meet the demands and expectations of its Partners and sponsors.
Also in line with PEMSEA's transformation, the Partnership Council approved the PEMSEA Rules of Governance, as well as the framework programme for the EAS Congress 2012 and the Fourth Ministerial Forum.
The 4th Partnership Council Meeting was attended by representatives from ten Country Partners, namely: Cambodia; Indonesia; Japan; Lao PDR; PR China; Philippines; RO Korea; Singapore; Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. A representative from Thailand was present as an observer. Representatives from nine Non-Country Partners were in attendance, namely: Coastal Management Center (CMC); International Ocean Institute (IOI); Korea Maritime Institute (KMI); Northwest Pacific Action Plan of UNEP (NOWPAP); Ocean Policy Research Foundation (OPRF); Oil Spill Response Limited (Oil Spill Response); Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML); UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea Project (YSLME); and UNEP Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA). Representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Manila and the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok were also present on behalf of the Implementing Agency and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Meeting documents for and proceedings of 4th EAS Partnership Council Meeting are available at the publications section. Copies of documents in the intergovernmental session may be requested from the secretariat.