The Regional Planning Workshop on the Development of a State of Oceans and Coasts (SOC) Report for the Seas of East Asia was held on 31 March – 1 April 2016 at the PEMSEA Building in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Compound in Quezon City, Philippines. Representatives from 15 international organizations and regional programmes participated, and shared their views and perspectives on blue economy and the SOC report. They provided suggestions on key topics and indicators to be included in the SOC report, and pointed out the issues, challenges, solution options and examples of good practices. Available information and studies from their respective agencies and other sources of information were also discussed.
The RegionalAgreement was reached on the outline of the SOC report. The participants will share information and their expertise to provide technical guidance and contribute to the development of the regional SOC report. The next steps include: (a) the development of the template, with Philippines as the pilot country; (b) organizing national teams for the development of National SOC reports; (c) organizing a regional Technical Working Group; (d) presentation of draft SOC reports at the Blue Economy Conference in November 2017 to get feedback; and (e) presentation and dissemination of SOC reports at the next East Asian Seas Congress in 2018.