Accomplishment Report 2011–2013
In the past few years, the East Asian Seas (EAS) region has experienced a number of changes
and challenges in the economic, environmental and sociopolical levels. In parcular, EastAsia has been showing signicant 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 populaon increase,connuous 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 theimplementaon of the SDS-SEA with the target of building an ocean-based blue economy with the signing of the ChangwonDeclaraon in 2012. This agreement underscores the region’s commitment to sustainable progress in line with the targets of the Rio+20. The Declaraon also renews the region’s commitment to previous Ministerial Declaraons that emphasized theneed for strengthened ICM implementaon 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 transformaon it has gone through in the last 20 years — was not an easy feat.Being part of the Execuve Commiee of the EAS Partnership Council in the last couple of years, I have seen PEMSEA’s valianteorts to aect change in the region. By staying true to its mandate, PEMSEA has demonstrated signicant progress as shownby the connuing increase in PEMSEA’s ICM sites and networks, strengthened implementaon of the SDS-SEA from local tonaonal to regional level and enhanced capacies in coastal and ocean management and development. At the instuonallevel, PEMSEA is steadily moving toward becoming a full-edged self-reliant organizaon that is more responsive to theneeds of the region.Over the years, PEMSEA has galvanized the support of naonal and local governments, internaonal research andpolicymaking bodies, donors, private instuons 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 condentthat PEMSEA will remain commied in forging inclusive partnerships and promong regional ownership and cooperaonacross the region.
Amb. Mary Seet-Cheng
ChairEast Asian Seas Partnership Council