News

Towards healthy oceans, people and economies in the region

The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018: Moving as One with the Global Ocean Agenda

Iloilo, Philippines    
27 - 30 November 2018

1007

Held triennially, the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress for 2018 convened a broad range of stakeholders including national and local governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organisations, projects partners, international financial institutions, non-governmental organisations, civil society, academia, and others. The forum was organised by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Philippines, UNDP and GEF. More than 900 delegates and participants from 19 countries attended.

1008

During the congress opening

The forum focused on aligning recent developments on the environmental fronts with the SDG 14 targets since the Declaration of Regional Cooperation for the Region was first agreed in Putrajaya, Malaysia in 2003; share experiences and assess opportunities and challenges in implementing innovative policies and technologies, good management practices, and investments; build existing partnerships and achievements, as well as promote new initiatives towards sustainable development of oceans and coasts in the region; develop blue economy and growth across the region; and contribute to the planning and development of ocean investment facilities for an ocean-based sustainable growth.       

The EAS programme featured a number of plenary and seminar sessions, dialogues with partners, a youth forum, and an international exhibition. Renowned scientists and experts, policy-makers, managers, and other stakeholders attended.

1009

Various programmes and activities held at the forum

Cheryl Rita Kaur represented MIMA at two of the Sessions at the Congress i.e., (i) Capitalizing upon blue economy potentials for achieving SDG 14 organised by the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) Japan and supported by the Nippon Foundation, and (ii) State of the Oceans and Coasts Reporting system relevance to blue economy innovations, emerging industries and governance organised by PEMSEA and DENR.

The discussions focused on conceptual issues of blue economy including its processes, structure and assessment as well as good practices and lessons learned from the region. The role of oceans and ecosystem services and the need to protect and conserve the natural resource to sustain blue economy were emphasised in the discussions. Cooperation among stakeholders with emphasis on good communication and capacity development, were further underscored.

As an outcome, the EAS 2018 agreed to a broad range of aspirations for the region including the reduction and prevention of marine pollution of all kinds, implement policies and programmes for the sustainable management of coastal tourism destinations, implement adaptation and mitigation strategies to respond to climate change, support transition to a sustainable blue economy at the national and regional levels, amongst others. With this in line, Cambodia will be hosting the next EAS Congress in 2021.

Latest News

Thumbnail Taiping, Perak  20 February 2020 A workshop on restoring the mangrove ecosystem at the state-level was organised in February, focusing on the Matang Mangrove Forest Management (MMFM). The event was...
Thumbnail Open Science Forum for Asia and the Pacific Region Putrajaya13 February 2020Dialogue on Open Science  University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur   14 February 2020 The Open Science Forum for Asia and the...
Thumbnail 5 March 2020 Captain Martin A. SEBASTIAN RMN (R), Centre Head and Senior Fellow,  paid a courtesy call on the new Director NCID, DCP Datuk Ramli Din. Datuk Ramli was formerly the Chief Police Officer...
Thumbnail 3 March 2020 The National Centre for Defence Studies (NCDS) is a Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) education centre established to incorporate the three military officers courses under one roof. These...



Contact Info

Address:
B-06-08, Megan Avenue II
12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Telephone:
(603) 2161 2960

Facsimile:
(603) 2161 4035

E-Mail:
.

Event Calendar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Friday, 05 June 2020 18:05

Hit Counter

227633

Site Visitor

0.png8.png6.png7.png1.png7.png7.png
Today516
Yesterday744
This week3557
This month3557
Total visits867177

Like what you see?

Hit the buttons below to follow us, you won't regret it...