Members of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) convened last June 23 – 26, 2015 for the 7th East Asian Seas (EAS) Partnership Council Meeting to address the organization’s current key activities and accomplishments in the field of integrated coastal and ocean governance.

pemsea 7th partnership largePEMSEA members-representativesCo-hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and with valuable assistance from the Palawan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) headed by OIC Juan C. Dela Cruz, the meeting was conducted in Puerto Princesa City.

Delegates from ten country partners and six non-country partners involved in the protection and rehabilitation of coastal resources along with representatives from the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) participated in the council meeting.

Representing Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje and the Government of the Philippines, DENR Undersecretary-Chief of Staff and PEMSEA National Focal Person Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh led the opening ceremony to welcome the delegates. She congratulated the Council and the Executive Committee members for their contributions, and the great deal of effort they provided in the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA), which is a regional framework developed and adopted by PEMSEA country partners to facilitate trans-boundary initiatives for sustainable development.

The Partnership Council Meeting’s discussions were focused on the following key issues: (1) Updating the implementation of the SDS-SEA and setting its Post-2015 Targets; (2) Facilitating preparations for the conduct of the forthcoming ocean-based forum known as the East Asian Seas Congress and Ministerial Forum 2015; (3) Becoming a self-sustaining international organization; and (4) Establishing collaborative measures between country and non-country partners in order to scale up the implementation of the SDS-SEA.

PEMSEA and DENR have been longstanding advocates of sustainable development and the event provided a golden opportunity for both to renew commitment to rational management of human, natural, and economic resources among stakeholders in the region. #

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