Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Da Nang City elected to become the new President of the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for sustainable coastal development (PNLG)

PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG)

The PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) for Sustainable Coastal Development is recognized as one of the major driving forces in realizing the goals of Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) in its goal to cover 25 percent of the regional coastline with integrated coastal management (ICM) programs by the year 2021.

Officially founded in December 2006 in Haikou, China, the PNLG has made major contributions to the SDS-SEA implementation through facilitating the implementation of ICM programs and addressing aspects of sustainable development in various forums and meetings. It also serves as an effective voice of the local governments.

The PNLG continues to facilitate the sustainable development and environmental conservation of marine and coastal resources of East Asia through advocacy, knowledge sharing, forging multi-stakeholder participation and partnerships among local governments, national agencies, civil society groups including NGOs and peoples’ organizations and the private sector.

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The PNLG charter lists the PNLG objectives as follows:

To enhance the capacity of local governments to plan, develop and manage their coastal and marine resources for sustainable use;
To promote the application of ICM approaches, processes and tools in coastal planning, development and management;
To facilitate the linkage between scientific technical institutions and local governments, in order to provide capacity building and scientific input to local government decision-making, policies and programs;
To implement innovative financing mechanisms and partnership arrangements for environmental investments with international and national financial institutions, private investors and operating companies, where appropriate;
To strengthen multi-stakeholder involvement in managing coastal and marine resources, in order to enhance societal and corporate responsibility for sustainable development of natural resources; and
To enhance local coastal governance, as well as interagency and multisectoral coordination mechanisms, in dealing with coastal and ocean management issues.

The PNLG Secretariat holds office in Xiamen, China, and receives financial and technical support within available funding allocations and in accordance with the administrative rules and regulations of PEMSEA.

To date, the PNLG has 53 regular members in 10 countries in the East Asian region, along with 4 associate members.

Batangas Province, PHILIPPINESCavite Province, PHILIPPINES
Karangasem, INDONESIAKlungklung, INDONESIA
Tabanan Regency, INDONESIASukabumi Regency, INDONESIA
Shihwa, RO KOREAChonburi, THAILAND
Da Nang, VIET NAMQuang Nam, VIET NAM
Dongying, CHINAFangchenggang, CHINA
Haikou, CHINAQuanzhou, CHINA
Thua Thien Hue, VIET NAMJakarta, INDONESIA
First Institute of Oceanography (Ministry of Natural Resources), CHINACoastal and Ocean Management Institute (Xiamen University), CHINA
Laoting, CHINALianyungang, CHINA
Changwon, RO KOREAHaiyang, CHINA
Jembrana, INDONESIAQinzhou City, CHINA
Changyi City, CHINAShima City, JAPAN
Northern Selangor, MALAYSIABeihai, CHINA
Sepang, MALAYSIAPingtan, CHINA
Wenzhou, CHINAAnsan, RO KOREA
Kampot Province, CAMBODIAKep Province, CAMBODIA
Koh Kong Province, CAMBODIASanya, CHINA
Liquica City, TIMOR-LESTEManatuto City, TIMOR-LESTE
Jinjiang City, CHINABontang, INDONESIA
Fujian Institute for Sustainable Oceans (Xiamen University), CHINASouth Bangka, INDONESIA
Busan, RO KOREANational Ocean Technology Center (Ministry of Natural Resources), CHINA
Gorontalo Province, INDONESIA 

2006Haikou, China (as part of the EAS Congress 2006) 
2007Da Nang, Viet NamAddressing Coastal Security by Investing in Natural and Man-made Hazards Prevention and Management
2008Preah Sihanouk, CambodiaWater Resources Protection, Utilization, and Management
2009Bataan, Philippines (as part of the EAS Congress 2009)Partnerships at Work: Local Implementation and Good Practices
2010Chonburi, ThailandStrengthening Oil Spill Preparedness and Response at the Local Level
2011Dongying, ChinaAchieving Sustainable Blue Economy through Integrated Coastal Management
2012Changwon, RO Korea (as part of the EAS Congress 2012)Building a Blue Economy: Strategy, Opportunities and Partnerships in the Seas of East Asia
2013Shima City, JapanAchieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, New Satoumi, and Vitalization of Coastal Areas through ICM
2014Klang, MalaysiaGovernance and Participation in ICM
2015Da Nang, Viet Nam (as part of the EAS Congress 2015)Setting the Sustainable Development Agenda for the Seas of East Asia beyond 2015
2016Ansan, RO KoreaSustainable Future Cities in the Coastal Area through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
2017Sanya, ChinaConservation to Ecological Restoration of Coastal Areas for Blue Economy
2018Guimaras, Philippines (as part of the EAS Congress 2018)25 Years of Partnerships for Healthy Oceans, People and Economies: Moving as One with the Global Ocean Agenda
2019Xiamen, ChinaBlue Partnership for a Shared Future
2020Xiamen, China (hybrid event)Marine Eco-Civilizatiom Blue Development
2021Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia (hybrid event and as part of the EAS Congress 2021)Networking for a New Ocean Decade of Hope
2022Tangerang Regency, Indonesia Strengthening Coastal Resilience towards Sustainable Local Blue Economies