Welcome to the PEMSEA Blue Economy Bulletin for October 2021. With just one month until the main event, the line-up of activities for the EAS Congress 2021 have been unveiled. Please join us in the EAS Congress Main Conference, which will be held on 1 December 2021.
This month, PEMSEA held a number of events covering different topics: climate change adaptation, marine protected areas (MPA), integrated coastal management (ICM) and marine spatial planning (MSP). Meanwhile, several stories from IW:Learn are shared, introducing Regional Governance Mechanism (RGM) and Stakeholder Partnership Forum (SPF) workshops for the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region; artisanal fishery development in Papua New Guinea; coastal governance in the South East Asia (SEA); and marine pollution hotspots in the ATS region. The winners of EAS Futures Youth Video Competition have also been announced.
Please also join us in the upcoming EAS Congress collabs in November!
The region has seen further developments on plastic pollution, with Da Nang city launching an Action Plan to mitigate its plastic waste and implement a plastic pollution monitoring system. Indonesian environmentalists created an entirely plastic-built museum in the town of Gresik in east Java in order to raise public awareness. Meanwhile, a report from WWF shares potential Asian perspectives on a global plastic pollution treaty.
Blue economy frameworks are also continuing to develop. The Indonesian and Swedish governments have signed a joint statement on blue economy cooperation, seeking to develop a Roadmap for a Blue Economy. A new ACIAR-funded project with $2.4 million funding has been developed to enable fish-based livelihood innovation in Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
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