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EAS Congress 2009 Workshop Series: Natural and Manmade Hazard Prevention and Management

Last modified October 26, 2009

The East Asian Seas Congress 2009 will be holding a series of workshops on the theme "Natural and Manmade Hazard Prevention and Management," on 23 to 25 November in Manila, Philippines.

The four workshops, each taking on an individual sub-topic, belong to the second of six major Conference themes to be taken up in the triennial regional event. All themes cover essential aspects of sustainable coastal and ocean development.

Workshop 1: Natural and Hazard Prevention and Management

The workshop will tackle the major issues currently faced by East Asian countries in line with preparedness, response and cooperation in combating oil and chemical pollution. Emphasis will be given to pollution response in East Asia's high-risk areas, issues on regional government industry cooperation for spill response; lessons learned and good practices; integration of regional, national and local stakeholders for spill preparedness and response; and recent developments in Claims and Compensation for Oil Spills.

Workshop 2: Meeting Challenges of Climate Change at the Local Level through ICM

Focusing on the local government-level, the workshop will outline the various challenges posed by climate change and illustrate the application of the ICM framework and process in facing such challenges. Recommendations for furthering the ICM implementation will be developed, taking into consideration the climate change threats and necessary adaptation measures.

Workshop 3: Impacts of Climate Change at the Coastal and Ocean Areas of the East Asian Seas Region

The workshop aims to understand the types, level and severity of the adverse social and
economic impacts of climate change. Open discussion will occur among various sectors including
tourism, fisheries, shipping and maritime industries and insurance companies on climate change issues and impacts in East Asia. The workshop will summarize good practices and measures within and outside the EAS region related to climate change adaptation strategies.

Workshop 4: Development and Advances on Marine Bio-safety in the Context of the Convention on Biodiversity

Marine biosafety is an emerging concern in East Asia, as the region is vastly recognized as a main source of translocated species and a center of biological diversity. The workshop will cover relevant aspects on marine biosafety in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity from the maritime perspective. Specifically, it will focus on international instruments addressing the threats of invasive aquatic species and ballast water management, advances in mitigation technologies, global efforts in enhancing awareness on marine biosafety-related challenges, risk assessment and risk management, and prospects within an East Asian setting.

Legislators, policymakers, NGOs, the academe, the private sector and the UN and other international organizations are invited to participate in these workshops.

The EAS Congress 2009 is hosted by the Government of the Philippines and co-organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and PEMSEA. It is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Coastal Management Center (CMC).

For more information on the EAS Congress, contact the Secretariat at congress@pemsea.org. Please also visit www.pemsea.org/eascongress.