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PEMSEA Accomplishment Report 2011–2013: People. Partners. Progress.

PEMSEA Accomplishment Report 2011–2013: People. Partners. Progress.

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PEMSEA's latest accomplishment report presents the achievements and collaborative actions of the organization from July 2011 to July 2013. The events and successes of the past two years were both crucial and meaningful to the organization as it celebrates 20 years of pursuing the region's shared vision of sustainable seas and coasts, and prepares to advance to the next phase of scaling up the implementation of the SDS-SEA.
PEMSEA's latest accomplishment report presents the achievements and collaborative actions of the organization from July 2011 to July 2013. The events and successes of the past two years were both crucial and meaningful to the organization as it celebrates 20 years of pursuing the region's shared vision of sustainable seas and coasts, and prepares to advance to the next phase of scaling up the implementation of the SDS-SEA.

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PEMSEA
Accomplishment Report 2011–2013
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PEMSEA Accomplishment Report 2011–2013
A GEF/UNDP Regional Programme
Partnerships in Environmental Managementfor the Seas of East Asia
 
People. Partners. Progress.
 
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Execuve SummaryMoving Forward with the Regional Project onSDS-SEA ImplementaonPaving the Way to TransformaonScaling up SDS-SEA ImplementaonEnabling CapaciesAdvocacy, Communicaons and Knowledge SharingPreparing for PEMSEA’s Next Phase
Challenges
PEMSEA’s Top 10 Achievements
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People. Partners. Progress.PEMSEA Accomplishment Report 2011–2013 © November 2013Published byPartnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)44 p.PEMSEA. 2013. “People. Partners. Progress. PEMSEA Accomplishment Report2011–2013.” Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of EastAsia. Quezon City.ISBN: 978-971-812-033-0Cover Photo Credit: Teddy Pelaez
The contents of this publication do not necessarily reect the views or policies
of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Ofce for Project Services (UNOPS), the
Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)and the other participating organizations. The designation employed and the
presentation do not imply expression of opinion, whatsoever on the part of the
GEF, UNDP, UNOPS or PEMSEA concerning the legal status of any country or territory, or its authority or concerning the delimitation of its boundaries.
PEMSEA Resource Facility is ISO 9001:2008 certied.
Contents
 
PEMSEA
Accomplishment Report 2011–2013
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In the past few years, the East Asian Seas (EAS) region has experienced a number of changes
and challenges in the economic, environmental and sociopolical levels. In parcular, EastAsia has been showing signicant economic progress and rendered the region as the fastest-growing developing region in the world. Parallel to this progress, however, the people of the region have also witnessed several challenges brought about by populaon increase,connuous environmental decline, natural disasters and man-made hazards, etc. With the
region’s seas and coasts bearing most of the brunt, calls to sustainably manage the seas of East
Asia have become stronger in recent years.Against this backdrop, PEMSEA’s role in the region becomes even more relevant. Guided by the Sustainable DevelopmentStrategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA), the countries of the region further strengthened their resolve to align theimplementaon of the SDS-SEA with the target of building an ocean-based blue economy with the signing of the ChangwonDeclaraon in 2012. This agreement underscores the region’s commitment to sustainable progress in line with the targets of the Rio+20. The Declaraon also renews the region’s commitment to previous Ministerial Declaraons that emphasized theneed for strengthened ICM implementaon to address the growing challenges brought about by climate change and otheremerging environmental concerns, and to achieving the SDS-SEA targets set for 2015.While this accomplishment report covers the main achievements by PEMSEA and its Partners and collaborators from 2011to 2013, it is also ng to emphasize the journey that PEMSEA has undertaken as it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.What PEMSEA has achieved — alongside the transformaon it has gone through in the last 20 years — was not an easy feat.Being part of the Execuve Commiee of the EAS Partnership Council in the last couple of years, I have seen PEMSEA’s valianteorts to aect change in the region. By staying true to its mandate, PEMSEA has demonstrated signicant progress as shownby the connuing increase in PEMSEA’s ICM sites and networks, strengthened implementaon of the SDS-SEA from local tonaonal to regional level and enhanced capacies in coastal and ocean management and development. At the instuonallevel, PEMSEA is steadily moving toward becoming a full-edged self-reliant organizaon that is more responsive to theneeds of the region.Over the years, PEMSEA has galvanized the support of naonal and local governments, internaonal research andpolicymaking bodies, donors, private instuons and other collaborators to work together in realizing the region’s sharedvision for sustainable coastal and marine development.With these achievements, I am excited to witness what is in store for PEMSEA and the EAS region in the future. We are readyto take on and rise above all the challenges. Through trust, hard work and strong synergy among our Partners, I am condentthat PEMSEA will remain commied in forging inclusive partnerships and promong regional ownership and cooperaonacross the region.
Amb. Mary Seet-Cheng
ChairEast Asian Seas Partnership Council
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