The East Asian Seas Congress 2021

October Line-up of Pre-Congress Events

Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) is pleased to share the line-up of pre-2021 East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress collabs this October. The pre-Congress events are a mix of organizational meetings and collabs, which are technical or public-oriented discussions, workshops, and trainings organized by PEMSEA’s partners, networks, and outside institutions.

Check out the featured topics in line with the EAS Congress’ theme of Charting a New Decade of H.O.P.E. (Healthy Oceans, People and Economies). Also capping this month’s activities is the holding of PEMSEA’s 27th Executive Committee Meeting.

Marine Protected Area Management and Networking: Experiences and Opportunities for Collaboration in East Asia

13-14 October, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Cambodia time)

The workshop aims to promote sharing and exchange of experiences and practices in marine protected area (MPA) management and networking, inviting speakers from the United States and Northeast and Southeast Asia.

In particular, the workshop will delve on common concerns in MPA management such as improving management capabilities, application of spatial planning tools, monitoring, and enforcement, enhancing stakeholder’s participation, measuring the management effectiveness, and establishing partnerships and cooperation between and among MPAs.

The experiences in MPA networking in Northeast Asia under the framework of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) will be highlighted. The workshop will also delve on the experiences and practices in MPA management and networking under the framework of integrated coastal management (ICM) and scaling up in the East Asian Seas.

Managing Networks and Transboundary Cooperation on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the ASEAN Region

21 October, Thursday, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Cambodia time)

While ASEAN’s coastal and marine biodiversity remain to be a significant asset for the region, they continue to be threatened by various issues and challenges. Gleaning from the network of marine protected areas (MPAs) in ASEAN, collaborative approaches and actions are vital in ensuring the effective management of marine biodiversity as well as in linking efforts with larger seascapes. This event will highlight lessons from the site, national, and regional levels that highlight the importance of transboundary cooperation.

Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Communities: Learning from East Asia and Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) Regions

25 October, Monday, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Cambodia time)

The collab aims to share information on climate change impacts in the EAS and ATS regions as well as the results of climate change vulnerability assessment and the decision-making guide for ATS.

The collab will also discuss options or best practices in developing/ implementing local climate change adaptation strategies for both regions and identify potential areas for collaboration between the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Japan, as a PEMSEA Regional Centre for Excellence (RCOE) on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and ATSEA-2, the second phase of a regional initiative launched in 2010 to manage the vast coastal and marine resources in the ATS.

The second phase aims to take regional collaboration and coordination in the ATS a step further through endorsement and implementation of the ten-year Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the region.

27th PEMSEA Executive Committee (EC) Meeting

26 October, Tuesday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Cambodia time)

The meeting aims to convene the Executive Committee members and country and non-country partners of PEMSEA in order to facilitate a final round of comments and suggestions on the development of the 7th East Asian Seas (EAS) Ministerial Declaration to be signed on 2 December 2021.

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