The Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Code was initiated in 2007 by PEMSEA in its efforts to develop and implement a systematic approach to integrated management of marine and coastal resources using the ICM approach. Today, the code is recognized as an essential component of national ICM scaling up programmes in several countries and seen as a potential source of revenue for the PRF operation.
PEMSEA has identified ICM sites in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam as ICM Code Level 1 demonstration sites in the region. On-site training programmes are being conducted in Batangas province, Philippines to improve the site’s ICM System to fulfill the ICM Code Level 2 requirements.
A governance system is established to properly manage revisions and updates of the ICM Code, the certification process and the administration of activities for ICM System services. Partnerships with other regional agencies and organizations are an important component of building the ICM Code ecosystem.