ssme eas congress 2015
GIZ’s Support to the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Comprehensive Action Plan (SSME-CAP) Project will co-convene the workshop “Coastal and Ocean Governance in the Seas of East Asia: From Nation to Region” with the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) and the Ocean Policy Research Institute, as part of the session on “A Decade of Partnerships in Sustainable Development of the Seas of East Asia: Synergies and Achievements” of the East Asian Seas Congress 2015 on November 16-20 in Danang, Viet Nam.

The governance workshop will showcase the progress and achievements of the six large marine ecosystems and subregional seas of the East Asian region in terms of coastal and ocean governance. It will be carefully crafted to facilitate regional and national initiatives toward the achievement of the goals stipulated in the Future We Want at Rio+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The SSME-CAP Project will support the participation of key SSME and Coral Triangle Initiative stakeholders in the EAS Congress to share their experiences and challenges in research and education, implementation and reporting, and transboundary partnerships within the seas of East Asia. They will also identify solutions and responses to challenges, and opportunities for collaboration among regional mechanisms, national and local governments, and donor agencies. To facilitate and enhance the workshop discussion, GIZ and its partners will develop a policy paper that will showcase experiences, best practices, challenges, and lessons learned from regional marine and ocean governance initiatives in Asia and the Pacific. The paper is also envisaged to contribute to achieving a common understanding of issues and ways forward among regional sea mechanisms and opportunities for collaboration for the effective and efficient achievement of the Strategic Action Plans and the regional strategies.

SSME-CAP will also spearhead the exhibition of GIZ's work and contributions to the sustainable management of East Asian Seas at the environmental exhibition “Building Blue Economies and Connecting Partners” during the EAS Congress.

For more information, visit the EAS Congress 2015 website. #

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