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Fostering greater collaboration for a peaceful South China Sea

Symposium on Implementing the DOC and cooperation mechanisms in the South China Sea 
14-15 August 2014    
Haikou, China 

Environmental sustainability in the South China Sea (SCS) is being increasingly threatened by natural phenomenon and human activities. Reversing adverse trends on the environment requires strong and effective regional cooperation. Existing territorial disputes in the region however emphasise priority on avoiding conflicts and addressing dispute resolution, with limitation in mechanism and effective cooperation to collaboratively address other areas.

Against this background, the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) organised the Symposium on Implementing the Declaration of Conduct...

Building Trust Through Functional Cooperation

2014 East China Sea Peace Forum
Taipei, Taiwan

The East China Sea, encompassing the littoral areas of China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea is embroiled in a maritime boundary dispute which has created security concerns in the region. As resolution of disputes may take time, steps have been underway to reduce tension and foster peaceful resolution of disputes. Disputes are generally settled through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation.  In 2012, President Ma of Taiwan proposed the two-stage East China Sea Peace Initiative (ECSPI).
 


The East China Sea

Source: 2014 East China Sea...

Introducing environmental and resources cooperation into the disputes management equation

25 – 26 July 2014    
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam  

The South China Sea is one of the world’s busiest sea-lane in traffic volume accommodating more than half of the world’s super tankers and USD 5.3 trillion in annual trade. Conflicts over maritime boundaries and attempts to unilaterally impose territorial claims in the area have however been causing tension, threatening regional peace and security, freedom of navigation, as well as affecting the livelihood of thousands of fishermen.       

The forum organised by the Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City, titled ‘International Conference on East Sea...

Adopting a national framework on ecosystem approach fisheries management (EAFM)

National EAFM Technical Working Group Meeting No. 1/2014  
Putrajaya

Malaysia is fast moving towards the adoption of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM). EAFM is defined as “an approach to fisheries management and development that strives to balance diverse societal objectives, by taking into account the knowledge and uncertainties about biotic, abiotic, and human components of ecosystems and their interactions and applying an integrated approach to fisheries within ecologically meaningful boundaries”. The approach calls for more sustainable ecosystem fisheries management to replace conventional practices. While Malaysia has already implemented ecosystem based management for fisheries over the years, the new...

Visit by the regional ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation programme representatives

MIMA welcomed Ms Franca Sprong-Wijnreder, Project Director of the ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation on Sustainable Port Development in the ASEAN region (based at the GIZ office in Thailand) and colleague on 16 July 2014. This meeting was a follow-up to the 3rd Regional Course Developers Workshop on ASEAN-German International Technical Cooperation on Cities, Environment and Transport Programme in Manila from 7th -11th July and recent communications between MIMA and the GIZ.


Ms Franca Sprong-Wijnreder from the ASEAN-GIZ programme signing the visitor’s book at MIMA


The meeting discussed issues and cooperative opportunities in areas such as sustainable port...