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Meeting Institutional and Individual Skills and Capacities for Integrated Coastal and Ocean Governance

Quezon City, Philippines — The East Asian Seas Congress 2012 will be holding a series of workshops on the theme "Meeting Institutional and Individual Skills and Capacities for Integrated Coastal and Ocean Governance," from July 9 to 11 in Changwon City, RO Korea. This series of workshops are being co-convened by PEMSEA and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The two workshops will be part of five major subthemes that will be covered at the triennial regional event. All themes highlight the important aspects of sustainable coastal and ocean development necessary in realizing a blue economy.
The workshop series on "Meeting Institutional and Individual Skills and Capacities for Integrated Coastal and Ocean Governance" aims to identify the strategies, approaches, and support mechanisms to strengthen human experience capacities in support of an ocean-based blue economy.
The series also intends to identify feasible strategies and approaches in enhancing the knowledge and skills of the people involved in promoting ocean and coastal sustainability.
Workshop 1: Transforming Human Resources into Resourceful Humans
Workshop 1 will explore innovative strategies and approaches in strengthening the human resource capacities of those involved in the field of ocean and coastal governance. The first session on Innovative Platforms and Strategies for Addressing Human Resource Requirements for Integrated Coastal and Ocean Governance will present existing programs, including both formal and non-formal approaches, which seek to enhance the knowledge and skills of ocean and coastal management professionals. This session will also explore strategies to strengthen these programs and identify areas of collaboration among information providers.
The second session, The Strategic Management of Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Resource Networking, will highlight the importance of knowledge management in sustaining mutual exchange of knowledge and skills among those involved in coastal and ocean governance. This session also aims to explore the idea of establishing a regional knowledge management mechanism to support ICM initiatives within the region.
The workshop will be co-chaired by H.E. Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to Thailand, and Prof. Huasheng Hong, Coastal and Ocean Management Institute, Xiamen University.
Workshop 2: Certifying Leaders in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Governance
Workshop 2 will build on the proposal to establish a certification scheme for ICM practitioners, one of the issues discussed in the EAS Congress 2009. This workshop will review existing certification programmes related to ocean and coastal governance and will assess the feasibility of implementing a regional certification program.
Legislators, policymakers, NGOs, the academe, the private sector, especially those who wish to integrate social responsibility into their organizational programs through ICM, and UN and other international organizations are invited to participate in these workshops.
The EAS Congress 2012 is hosted by the Republic of Korea and co-organized by the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs (MLTM), the City Government of Changwon and PEMSEA. It is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
For more information on the EAS Congress, contact the Secretariat at congress@pemsea.org or visit http://eascongress.pemsea.org.