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EAS Congress 2012 Workshop Series: Nurturing Coastal and Ocean-based Blue Economies

Quezon City, Philippines —The East Asian Seas Congress 2012 will be holding a series of workshops on the theme "Nurturing Coastal and Ocean-based Blue Economies at the Local Level," from July 9 to 11 in Changwon City, RO Korea.
The Blue Economy is an economic model that employs green infrastructure, technologies and practices, innovative financing mechanisms and proactive institutional arrangements in protecting our ocean and, at the same time, enhancing its potential contribution to sustainable development, including improving human well-being and reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.
The three workshops will be part of five major subthemes that will be covered during 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 "Nurturing Coastal and Ocean-based Blue Economies at the Local Level: Opportunities and Challenges" recognizes the importance of coastal and marine resources as drivers of economic growth. Threats to these services including habitat degradation, pollution, uncontrolled coastal development, climate change and others pose a challenge to sustainable development and the security of coastal communities.
The subtheme will be chaired by Prof. Chul-Hwan Koh. Prof. Koh currently serves as the Technical Session Co-Chair of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council and is an Emeritus Professor at the Marine Ecology Department of Seoul National University. He is currently a council member of the International Association of Lowland Technology.
Workshop 1: Our Coasts and Seas: The Engine of a Blue Economy
The workshop features local government practices that contribute to sustainable development and building a blue economy. The workshop will be an opportunity to share experiences in ICM, coastal use zoning and marine spatial planning, as well as explore innovative approaches to eco-friendly initiatives covering aquaculture, water supply, waste management, and alternative livelihoods.
Workshop 2: Unmasking Hidden Costs: Accounting for Natural Capital Depreciation and Environmental Damages
Ecosystem accounting is a tool measuring the market and non-market values of ecosystem services.
Workshop 2 will present the various studies on economic valuation of ecosystem services of natural resources or ecosystem accounting. Specifically, the workshop will feature information on the costs of biodiversity loss, disaster-related damages and oil spills.
Workshop 2 is co-convened by PEMSEA, the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI), and the Coastal and Ocean Management Institute (COMI), Xiamen, University.
Workshop 3: Blue Economy: Challenging Conventional Paradigms of Economic Development
Workshop 3 will serve as the subtheme's plenary session and will gather information and knowledge shared in the previous two workshops. This will spur interactive dialogue among participants to reflect on the presentations, issues raised and recommendations made. The discussions will highlight and explore new players, new market segments and new routes to innovation and overcoming challenges.
Legislators, policymakers, NGOs, the academe, the private sector, and the 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.