Dumaguete City - The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project, together with the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), successfully launched on September 13, 2016 the publication entitled Ocean Governance Initiatives in the East Asian Seas – Lessons and Recommendations, an analytical review of selected ocean governance initiatives in the East Asian Seas.

ssme ocean governanceThe lead author Dr. Alan T. White underscored via video message the specific opportunities identified for synergy, coordination and collaboration – particularly in the areas of programming, information and knowledge sharing, capacity development, monitoring and reporting on implementation – of the respective programs of the nine ocean governance initiatives that were covered by the analysis.

Also highlighted in the publication is the need for continued improved capacity development at various levels within governments and at the regional scale. Several good practices, key success factors, and emerging solutions and lessons learned on addressing trans-boundary issues were also identified.

The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project and PEMSEA hope that the findings and recommendations of the review will spark thoughts and ideas and serve as a valuable guide in better designing and effectively implementing existing and future ocean governance initiatives in a cost-efficient manner.

The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project, a tri-national project of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, is commissioned by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, to strengthen transboundary collaboration among three countries. GIZ and its Philippine partners BFAR and DENR-BMB implement this project. #


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