Programmes and Projects

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PEMSEA is designed to establish/strengthen the necessary capacities among the participating countries and their national and regional partners, which will transform PEMSEA from a donor-sponsored, regional enabling project into a country-owned, self-sustaining regional mechanism for the implementation of the SDS-SEA. The SDS-SEA is extremely significant as it is the first, and the broadest, partnership agreement in the region on the issue of managing the regional seas.

To support the objectives of PEMSEA, 8 major areas for programme and project development have been identified. These are:

  • A Functional Regional Mechanism for SDS-SEA Implementation: an intergovernmental, multi-sectoral EAS Partnership Council, coordinating, evaluating and refining the implementation of the SDS-SEA, and advancing the regional partnership arrangement to a higher level;
  • National Policies and Reforms for Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Governance: national policy reforms, institutional arrangements and programs covering sustainable coastal and ocean development mainstreamed into social and economic development programs of participating countries;
  • Scaling up ICM Programs: integrated coastal management (ICM) scaled up as an on-the-ground national framework for achieving sustainable development of coastal lands and waters;
  • Twinning Arrangements for River Basin and Coastal Area Management: south-south and north-south twinning arrangements supporting integrated management of watersheds, estuaries and adjacent coastal seas, promoting knowledge-, resource- and experience-sharing and collaboration for the implementation of management programs in environmental hotspots of the region;
  • Intellectual Capital and Human Resources: use of the region's intellectual capital and human resources for overcoming policy, economic, scientific, technical and social challenges and constraints to integrated management and sustainable use of the marine and coastal environment and resources at the local, national and regional levels;
  • Strategic Partnership Arrangements: public and private sector cooperation and collaboration in developing, replicating and scaling up ICM programs and in mobilizing investments in pollution reduction facilities and services;
  • Investment and Financing: a Strategic Partnership functioning as a mechanism for GEF, the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP GAP and other international and regional partners and countries of the region to accelerate the implementation of pollution reduction programs, through demonstration, replication and scaling up of innovative policies, economic instruments, financing mechanisms, technologies and practices to achieve agreed nutrient and other pollutant reduction targets; and
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: promoting, facilitating and recognizing corporate social responsibility for sustainable development of coastal and marine resources.

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