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EAS Congress Philippines 2018

Videos / Apr 22, 2019

PNLG Forum 2018

Proceedings and Reports / Mar 28, 2019

EASC 2018 Proceedings of the Fifth EAS Youth Forum

Proceedings and Reports / Jan 15, 2019

EASC 2018 Workshop Proceedings

Proceedings and Reports / Jan 11, 2019

Imus blazing the trail: Eco-friendly solutions to garbage woes

News / Jan 08, 2019

Imagine yourself carrying a fashionable bayong (native market bag) for the charcoal briquettes you will buy, while briskly walking on a clean and green sidewalk made of eco-friendly bricks. Then you harvest or buy organic vegetables grown in your community using compost as a soil enhancer. This is how officials of the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) of Cavite province imagine life should be in pursuing various programs to get rid of the province’s burgeoning garbage problem.

EASC 2018 Ocean Talk Keynote Presentations

Proceedings and Reports / Dec 20, 2018

Summary of the EAS Congress International Conference and Recommendations

Proceedings and Reports / Dec 20, 2018

Message of UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Ocean Mr. Peter Thomson during the East Asian Seas Congress 2018

Videos / Dec 19, 2018

East Asian Seas Congress 2018 Opening Video

Videos / Dec 19, 2018

EASC 2018 Proceedings of the Ministerial Forum

Proceedings and Reports / Dec 19, 2018

EASC 2018 Summary Report on Senior Government Officials’ Meeting

Proceedings and Reports / Dec 19, 2018

Olo-olo Mangrove Forest and EcoPark: A green space in small Batangas town

News / Dec 17, 2018

EASC 2018 Workshop Presentations

Proceedings and Reports / Dec 14, 2018

Bigger steps committed to protect coastal and marine resources

News / Dec 11, 2018

Various stakeholders strengthened their commitments to better manage the coastal and marine environment and resources as the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 ended on a high note in Iloilo City on November 30.

Bataan’s ‘natural outdoor museum’

News / Dec 03, 2018

Imagine being with a flock of thousands of migratory birds in a wetland and nature park. It would surely give one a natural high, and relieve the body and soul of stress from daily chores. And Instagram-perfect photos. The park is the City of Balanga Wetland and Nature Park that is fast-becoming Bataan’s popular tourist destination.

Mining the white gold

News / Dec 02, 2018

A SMALL fishing community in Lobo, Batangas is putting a lot of investment in mining the so-called white gold in Lobo, Batangas. A third-class municipality, Lobo is a coastal town known for its pristine environment and rich natural resources.

Signing of Iloilo ministerial declaration caps 4-day international ocean confab

News / Nov 30, 2018

ELEVEN countries have affirmed their commitment for the conservation and sustainable development of shared coastal and marine resources, capping a four-day international confab focusing on the Seas of East Asia in Iloilo City.

EASC 2018 Daily Bulletin: Day 3

News / Nov 30, 2018

6th Ministerial Forum pushes for regional cooperation and commitment for sustainable future of seas of East Asia

News / Nov 29, 2018

Ministers and senior government officials from 11 countries in the East Asian Seas region arrived at the 2018 East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress to attend the closing ceremony of the international conference, hearing the final conclusions and recommendations delivered during the various sessions of the 3-day event.

EASC 2018 Daily Bulletin: Day 2

News / Nov 29, 2018

EASC 2018 Daily Bulletin: Day 1

News / Nov 28, 2018

East Asian Seas Congress 2018 kicks off in Iloilo City

News / Nov 27, 2018

All roads lead to the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City as environment ministers, marine experts, ocean advocates, regional partners, and other stakeholders gather for the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 which kicks off today, November 27.

2018 East Asian Seas Congress: international conference to discuss sustainable solutions for healthy oceans, people and economies

News / Nov 27, 2018

Some 1,000 local and international delegates attended the 2018 East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress, a triennial event widely recognized as a platform for dialogue, knowledge-exchange, strategic action, partnership building and cooperation in support of the region’s common vision of sustainable development of the Seas of East Asia.

From predators to protectors of ‘pawikan’

News / Nov 26, 2018

‘Marine turtles are important. Why do we need them? Because they help maintain ecological balance. Do you know that marine turtles eat jellyfish?  Without marine turtles, there will be plenty of jellyfish, and you cannot swim in the ocean because the jellyfish will get to you and sting you,” a jolly Manolo Ibias told a group of young students on November 15.

Partnership Hubs – Session Programs

Downloads / Nov 24, 2018

Programme Overview

Downloads / Nov 23, 2018

PPP a boost to Bataan’s ‘blue economy’–official

News / Nov 23, 2018

Keeping up with the ocean industry with the help of the public and private sector

News / Nov 22, 2018

Strong collaboration between government and the private sector is critical for achieving the SDGs and ensuring the long-term health of coastal ecosystems and economies. Along with partnerships, investment from the private sector will play an increasingly important role in ensuring that the many good plans for the region are translated into action.

Towards an Ocean-Based Blue Economy

News / Nov 22, 2018

Blue economy as a key to economic development and in safeguarding the health of marine and coastal ecosystems and communities, continuously gain attention in the international stage. The East Asian Seas Region, for one, recognizes the critical role of developing blue economy to the sustainable development of the oceans and coasts.

What’s new? Innovative Tools, Researches and Platforms for Sustainable Development of Oceans and Coasts

News / Nov 22, 2018

Sustainable development of coasts and oceans relies on using the best available tools, latest scientific researches, and innovative platforms for prioritizing, setting goals and targets, and making sound decisions. Advances in these aspect of sustainable ocean and coastal management are expected to grow steadily.  

Watch: DENR’s Benny Antiporda & Corazon Davis: On the 2018 East Asian Seas Congress

News / Nov 21, 2018

Illegal garbage shipments, overtourism and ocean pollution are major challenges for Philippine environment officials. The government will address these issues with foreign partners at the East Asian Seas Congress from November 27 to 30 at the Iloilo Convention Center.

Achieving Sustainable Development through Good Governance and Partnerships

News / Nov 20, 2018

The East Asian Region has taken substantial steps forward in improving the governance of coasts and oceans but there is much more work to be done. To achieve the goal of sustainable development, the region has placed considerable emphasis in the management of coastal and marine habitats, such as mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds and other wetlands.

Finding a holistic solution to environment woes Cavite State University’s ‘watershed approach’

News / Nov 19, 2018

Through “watershed approach,” the Cavite State University (CvSU) is finding a “holistic solution” to the environmental problems besetting the coastal and marine areas in Cavite province. One of the most industrialized and fastest-growing provinces in the Philippines, Cavite is besieged with a looming water crisis.

Managing Biodiversity and Coasts in the EAS region

News / Nov 19, 2018

Comprising some seven million square kilometers of shared seas and bordered by some 235,000 km of coastlines, the East Asian Seas (EAS) region is home to the highest concentrations of the world’s coastal and marine biodiversity.  Found in the EAS region are 35% of the world’s mangrove, 33% of seagrass beds, and 33% of the world’s coral reefs which support a widely diverse species. These account for a wide array of ecosystem services including 80% of global aquaculture and 60% of global fisheries capture.

EAS Congress 2018 to explore solutions for marine pollution and clean water

News / Nov 19, 2018

Marine pollution is a growing global concern that poses a serious threat to the health of marine biodiversity and environment. It remains one of the biggest risks to our oceans. As such, it is among the top priorities in the current global agenda and is included in several other global initiatives.

East Asian Seas Congress Mobile App Now Available!

News / Nov 16, 2018

As we celebrate "25 Years of Partnerships for Healthy Oceans, People and Economies: Moving as One with the Global Ocean Agenda", this year's Congress aims to be part of this continuing movement. Much like on land, resource management is an important theme of developing healthy oceans, and so in order to “go blue”, everything you need to know will be available in your pockets! The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 will be delivering all event information including the schedules, speakers, announcements and logistical needs through a mobile application, rather than through individual leaflets.

East Asian Seas Congress 2018 Teaser

News / Nov 15, 2018

The EAS Congress 2018 is happening on 27-30 November! It is being co-hosted by the Government of the Philippines through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), who prepared this teaser. #SeasAsOne

WATCH: ICM and sustainable tourism

News / Oct 31, 2018

Boracay is reopening for tourists 6 months after it was closed, following intensive rehabilitation work by the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force. During an interview with ABS-CBN, PEMSEA’s Knowledge Management and Certification Services Specialist Renato Cardinal spoke about how integrated coastal management (ICM) methodology is useful in ensuring the sustainability of coastal communities.

Global and Regional Experts Convene at the EAS Congress to Discuss Ocean Investment and Business Partnership for a More Sustainable East Asian Seas

News / Oct 31, 2018

Join global and regional experts on November 28th at the EAS Congress 2018 in Iloilo City, Philippines as they explore emerging investment models and opportunities to catalyze both public and private financing to build a pipeline of opportunities unlocking the ocean investment potential in the region.

Taklong Island NMR: ‘Jewel of Guimaras’

News / Oct 22, 2018

When one mentions Guimaras, an island province in Western Visayas, the first thing that would enter one’s mind is its sweet mangoes. However, besides the fruit, the province also boasts of its other “hidden treasure,” the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve (TINMR), where one’s visit to it would be best defined by the phrase “communing with nature.”

Let’s talk about blue carbon solutions

News / Oct 08, 2018

The EAS region hosts the world's largest coastal carbon stocks which play a vital role on the global carbon cycle. Mangroves, seagrass meadows, and tidal marshes are tagged as blue carbon ecosystems. These ecosystems can remove 10 times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and can hold 3 to 5 times more carbon for long periods of time than a tropical rainforest.

Information Bulletin 2

Downloads / Oct 05, 2018

Watch: ASEAN in Focus – Interview with PEMSEA’s Renato Cardinal and DENR’s Jeslina Gorospe

News / Sep 28, 2018

A green island called Guimaras

News / Sep 24, 2018

There is more to Guimaras province than sweet mangoes. A biodiversity-rich island, Guimaras is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. It has a good number of endemic species, plus a diverse marine wildlife, including commercially viable fish, which has sustainably supported life not only on the island-province but in the entire Western Visayas.

Watch: Usapang Pagbabago guesting by PEMSEA, DENR for EAS Congress

News / Sep 13, 2018

Only a few booths left at the 2018 EAS Congress Exhibition

News / Sep 10, 2018

With only 80 days to go before the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018, a few booths remain up for grabs at the 2018 EAS Congress Environmental Exhibition to be held at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City, Philippines from 27-29 November 2018.

World’s fish by the numbers

News / Aug 23, 2018

There are plenty of fish in the sea – but not for long, if we continue to fish unsustainably.

It’s the youth’s time of the year!

News / Aug 12, 2018

Youth around the globe are celebrating the upcoming International Youth Day on 12 August.


Videos / Aug 10, 2018

Call for Applications: Accessing and working with state of the art satellite data for marine applications

News / Aug 09, 2018

We are pleased to announce that applications are now accepted for a Training Course on Accessing and working with state-of-the-art satellite data for marine applications, to be held at the University of the Philippines Visayas from 25-26 November 2018.

The Philippines Renews Vows to Sustainable Coastal Development

News / Jul 27, 2018

The Philippines remains fully committed to sustainable coastal development as it continues to support regional effort towards the sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The Last Straw Katipunan: encouraging sustainability in Loyola Heights

News / Jul 04, 2018

Sip PH, together with PEMSEA, CORA, Clean Seas Pilipinas, and The Sustainable Planet, support a campaign known as “The Last Straw Katipunan”, which focuses on establishments on the busy Katipunan Avenue.

PEMSEA participates in the 6th Global Environment Facility Assembly

News / Jun 29, 2018

PEMSEA has a strong relationship with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which together with UNDP has provided generous support for PEMSEA since its beginning and shares a common vision of a sustainable future for the East Asian seas.

Hotel Reservation Form

Downloads / Jun 27, 2018

Sponsorship and Exhibition Application

Downloads / Jun 19, 2018

Fifth EAS Youth Forum

Downloads / Jun 19, 2018

Information Package

Downloads / Jun 19, 2018

World Oceans Day 2018: Ocean Plastics and Youth Action

News / Jun 08, 2018

Plastics were first conceived as an alternative material to scarce natural resources, such as ivory from wild elephants. Only a century later, this amazing breakthrough solution has become a tremendous problem, and nowhere is it as damaging as in our oceans.

PEMSEA supports the international celebration of World Oceans Day

News / Jun 08, 2018

On June 8, international celebrations will mark World Oceans Day, an annual commemoration to honor, protect, conserve and sustain the world’s oceans.

Looking back on 25 years of PEMSEA this World Environment Day

News / Jun 04, 2018

June 5th is World Environment Day and PEMSEA (11 country partners, 22 non-country partners and secretariat) is proud to have been working for 25 years towards a shared vision of a healthy coastal and marine environment in the Seas of East Asia!

Iloilo City to host the East Asian Seas Congress this November

News / May 31, 2018

Iloilo City has been chosen as the venue of the upcoming 2018 East Asian Seas Congress to be held on November 27 to 30 at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

PEMSEA supports Clean Seas Pilipinas launch

News / May 30, 2018

PEMSEA recently joined UNDP, DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau, CORA and the National Park Development Committee during the launch of Clean Seas Pilipinas, a year-long campaign to reduce ocean plastics and raise awareness about marine pollution in the Philippines.

International Day for Biological Diversity 2018: Youth in Action

News / May 22, 2018

Themed  “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”, today’s International Day for Biological Diversity highlights progress made...

Fifth East Asian Seas Youth Forum: A Call for Young Ocean Leaders

News / May 17, 2018

Calling all youth! We need all hands on deck to collectively achieve the global ocean targets, and youth have a critical part to play.

PEMSEA marks 25th year with launch of 2018 East Asian Seas Congress

News / May 11, 2018

From its humble beginnings as a marine pollution demonstration project in 1993 to its current status as a leading international organization...

Guimaras Island

Videos / May 11, 2018

It’s got to be Iloilo

Videos / May 11, 2018

Dinagyang Festival

Photos / May 11, 2018

Iloilo Convention Center

Photos / May 11, 2018

DENR, PEMSEA Jumpstart Preparations for 2018 East Asian Seas Congress

News / May 11, 2018

Preparations for the East Asian Seas Congress 2018 is now in full swing with the collaboration of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)...