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East Asian Seas Stocktaking Meeting: Chair's Summary

East Asian Seas Stocktaking Meeting: Chair's Summary

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The East Asian Seas Stocktaking Meeting was held at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Auditorium A, Manila, Philippines from 28-29 October 2010. This publication summarizes the outcome of the meeting.
The East Asian Seas Stocktaking Meeting was held at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Auditorium A, Manila, Philippines from 28-29 October 2010. This publication summarizes the outcome of the meeting.

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ADBAuditoriumA,Manila,Philippines
September2011
EastAsianSeasStocktakingMeeting:Chair’sSummary
PartnershipsinEnvironmentalManagementfortheSeasofEastAsia
 
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SEAS
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SUMMARY
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PHILIPPINES
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East Asian Seas Stocktaking Meeting28-29 October 2010
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Executive Summary
The East Asian Seas Stocktaking Meeting was held at the Asian Development Bank(ADB) Auditorium A, Manila, Philippines from 28-29 October 2010. The ADB andGovernment of the Philippines through the Department of Environment and NaturalResources hosted the meeting. The objective of the meeting was to assess the statusand identify the constraints to sustainable management of the regional seas, and toprioritize the interventions and the potential role of the GEF over the next 4 years (i.e.,2011 to 2014).Country representatives from Australia, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Japan,Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnamattended the meeting, along with representatives from regional programmes andorganizations including: Arafura-Timor Sea Experts Forum (ATSEF)/Arafura-Timor Sea(ATSEA), UNEP Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), Mangroves forthe Future (MFF), Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), Partnerships inEnvironmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), Southeast AsianFisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME),Sulu-Celebes Project, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC),and Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME). Representatives from the GEFagencies were also present, namely: GEF Secretariat, Asian Development Bank (ADB),Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations IndustrialDevelopment Organization (UNIDO), and World Bank (WB). Representatives from theGEF Evaluation Office were present as observers.Mr. Manuel Gerochi, Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and NaturalResources, Philippines, and Dr. Nguyen Chu Hoi, Deputy Administrator of the VietnamAdministration for Seas and Islands, were the Co-Chairs. The PEMSEA ResourceFacility served as the Secretariat and two GEF Stocktaking Consultants served asresource persons.The Stocktaking Meeting concluded the following:1. The Stocktaking Background Paper was well received and considered to be agood and useful document in the context of the stocktaking effort. It will undergorefinement based on inputs provided during the meeting. The refined paper willthen be disseminated to GEF agencies, GEF Secretariat, participating countriesand concerned regional organizations.2. Country ownership and country-drivenness to address transboundary issues inthe Seas of East Asia have developed and strengthened over the years with GEFsupport, as evidenced by the development and adoption of the SDS-SEA and theYSLME and SCSLME SAPs with their associated national action plans as well asby the implementation of the pollution reduction investment fund.3. PEMSEA and the SDS-SEA, respectively, can provide a regional governancemechanism, framework and scope for integrated and collaborative planning,coordination, and monitoring and reporting of outputs and impacts of regional,subregional and national projects for sustainable management of the seas of

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