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EAS Congress 2009 Workshop Series: Pollution Reduction and Waste Management

Last modified October 29, 2009

The East Asian Seas Congress 2009 will be holding two workshops under the theme "Pollution Reduction and Waste Management," on November 23 to 25 in Manila.

The two workshops, each with its individual focus, comprise the last 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: Transboundary Pollution Reduction in River Basins and Coastal Areas

Many coastal and marine areas in the region face ecological problems mainly due to transboundary transport pollutants carried through rivers. The reduction of these pollutants through an integrated approach is thus seen as an imperative.

The workshop will conduct presentations, case studies and sharing of good practices and experiences on varied topics covering transboundary pollution reduction in rivers and coastal areas using integrated management approaches. It aims to highlight the benefits as well as issues of integrated approaches and come up with recommendations on strategies and good practices.

Workshop 2: Innovative Policies and Practices in Water Supply, Sanitation and Pollution Reduction

Recently, a number of bilateral and multilateral projects have been implemented in East Asia, all aimed at developing and demonstrating innovative strategies, policies and practices in water supply, sanitation and reducing the generation and discharge of pollutants from land-based human activities. These new projects' progress and results will be reviewed in the workshop, together with the policies being adopted by proponents in order to generate the needed financing to cover costs and meet expectations.

Among other highlights, the workshop will introduce upcoming projects and look into areas of potential application of identified good practices. It will also serve as a venue for dissemination of information on the latest developments in project financing.

Legislators, policymakers, planners, environmental and resource managers, NGOs, the academe, the private sector, financial institutions,  and the UN and other international organizations are invited to participate in these workshops.

The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress takes place every three years. It is a pioneering region-wide platform for knowledge sharing, capacity-building, strategic action, partnership building, and a forum for dialogues between policymakers, environmental and natural resource managers, business communities, academics, NGOs, local governments, and grassroots organizations.

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), and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

For more information on the EAS Congress, contact the Secretariat at Please also visit