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President Arroyo Keynotes EAS Congress 2009 Ministerial Forum

Last modified October 31, 2009

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be the Keynote Speaker at the opening ceremony of the Third Ministerial Forum of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009, slated for 26 November in Manila, Philippines.

Over 1,200 participants have registered for the upcoming Congress and are expected to attend the opening of the Ministerial Forum.

A highlight of the EAS Congress 2009, the Ministerial Forum is anchored on the theme "Adaptation to Climate Change through Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management." It focuses on scaling up integrated coastal and ocean management programs at the national and local government levels to enhance social, economic and ecosystem resiliency through adaptation initiatives, including strategies and targets to assist the region's coastal areas, habitats and sectors most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

The Ministerial Forum will include reports and updates from the PEMSEA participating countries on their respective actions in line with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). The SDS-SEA provides a framework and various strategies for achieving the goals of key international agreements and plans related to sustainable development and management of coasts, islands and oceans.

Aside from the Ministerial Forum, the EAS Congress 2009 will also feature the International Conference on Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Development and the Exhibition on Good Practices and Innovative Technologies. Other side events and meetings lined up are the Second EAS Youth Forum, the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum for Coastal and Marine Areas and the Sustainable Development of Manila Bay, and the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) Meeting.

First held in Putrajaya, Malaysia in 2003 and later in Haikou City, People's Republic of China in 2006, the EAS Congress is considered to be a major and crucial coastal and ocean-related event that brings together national policymakers, local governments, environmental and natural resource managers, business communities, academics, NGOs and grassroots organizations. It is described as an intellectual hub for dialogues, knowledge sharing, capacity building, strategic action and partnership building.

The Third Ministerial Forum of the EAS Congress 2009 will be 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, contact the EAS Congress Secretariat at congress@pemsea.org or visit www.pemsea.org/eascongress.