The Ninth East Asian Seas (EAS) Partnership Council Meeting was held at the Makati Diamond Residences, Makati City, Philippines from 24 to 26 July 2017. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines co-hosted the Meeting. The Meeting was attended by representatives from ten PEMSEA Partner Countries, namely: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Philippines, RO Korea, Singapore, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. A representative from Thailand participated as an observer. Nine representatives from Non-Country Partners were in attendance, namely: ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB); Conservation International (CI) Philippines; IPIECA The Global Oil and Gas Industry Association for Environmental and Social Issues; International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM); Ocean Policy Research Institute Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF); Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL); Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML); and UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea Project. Representatives from the Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK) were present as a new Non Country Partner. Representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) participated as observers.
The Partnership Council focused on the following key issues:(a) Review of the Draft SDS-SEA Implementation Plan 2017-2022; (b) Preparation for the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018; (c) Development of the Regional and National State of the Oceans and Coasts reports; (d) Approval of PEMSEA ICM Professional Certification; (e) Responses to PEMSEA’s Third Party Assessment; (f) Sustainable Financing Mechanism for SDS-SEA Implementation; (g) Status of recruitment of new PEMSEA Executive Director; (h) Review of PEMSEA Secretariat Work Plan and Budget 2017-2018; and (i) Collaborative Planning, among others.