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PEMEA has registered its commitment to The Ocean Conference to Scale up Implementation of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) in the East Asian Seas Region  to cover 25 percent of the region’s coastline under ICM by 2021. This commitment is focused on SDG targets 14.1 to reduce marine pollution and 14.2 to protect marine and coastal ecosystems.

Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) is an intergovernmental organization operating in East Asia to foster and sustain healthy and resilient oceans, coasts, communities and economies across the region. PEMSEA serves as the regional coordinating institution for the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) adopted by 14 countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, RO Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Viet Nam). For over 20 years, PEMSEA has made significant contributions and tangible benefits for coastal and ocean ecosystems and coastal communities in East Asia through partnerships and integrated solutions.

Recognizing the changing and emerging issues in ocean governance, countries of the region have adopted the SDS-SEA 2015 to contribute in meeting new global commitments on sustainable development, including the SDGs, particularly SDG14.

Building on practical experience gained in the application of integrated coastal management (ICM), PEMSEA has developed an ICM system that addresses complex coastal management concerns covering governance and various sustainable development aspects. In November 2015, PEMSEA country partners committed to scale up ICM to cover 25% of the region’s coastline. To date, PEMSEA has reached about 17% of the region’s coastline creating important impact to more than 31,000 km of coastline and over 146 million people living in coastal and watershed areas. As part of ICM implementation, PEMSEA and its partners, at the national and local government levels, are committed to improving coastal and ocean governance, as well as sustainable development aspects such as climate change, disaster risk reduction, habitat protection restoration and management, water use and supply management, food security and livelihood management, pollution reduction and waste management. 

PEMSEA’s work at the national policy level and demonstrated success with ICM has contributed to the replication and scaling of ICM by other organizations and donors in in the region, resulting in 15 percent coverage of the entire region’s coastline under some form of ICM. 

For example, in Batangas, Philippines, the ICM program started with five municipalities and one city in Batangas Bay. In coordination with 34 local governments, agencies and donors, ICM has now expanded to cover the watershed, coastal areas and bays of the entire province. Likewise, 14 coastal provinces in central Viet Nam are targeted by the government to adopt ICM practices, and in Thailand, 21 LGUs have championed the ICM approach in their respective municipalities. 

Explore PEMSEA's ICM Sites here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=12yqK3yMH7OkYa8o6j-dzzCLkPMk&usp=sharing

Read more about PEMSEA's commitment in the Commitment Registry: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/?id=14716

Feeling inspired? Register your commitment – big or small – to protect the ocean here: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/

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Publication date: 
11/05/2017
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