EAS Congress 2018

27-30 November 2018 Iloilo Convention Center, Philippines


Video Highlights of the East Asian Seas Congress 2018 is now out!
Watch it here. 

PEMSEA’s 25th Anniversary Publication
The much-awaited PEMSEA’s 25th year anniversary publication will be launched at the EAS Congress 2018.
Avail of a special introductory price during the Congress. To obtain the order form, click here.

About the EAS Congress 2018

Carrying the theme, “25 Years of Partnerships for Healthy Oceans, People and Economies: Moving as One with the Global Ocean Agenda”, the EAS Congress 2018 is open to a broad range of stakeholders including National and Local Governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, bilateral and multi-lateral projects, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, and other stakeholders.

The EAS Congress 2018 aims to involve all relevant stakeholders to:

  • Map and align the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) and other sub-regional and regional strategies and action plans with the SDG 14 targets
  • Share experiences and assess challenges and opportunities relating to the implementation of the SDS-SEA at the regional, national and local levels including innovative policies and technologies, good management practices, and investment opportunities
  • Build on existing partnerships and achievements and promote new initiatives, investments and partnerships to accelerate the achievement of national, regional and global targets for sustainable development of oceans and coasts
  • Track blue economy development and growth across the region with the launching of national, sub-regional and regional State of Oceans and Coasts Reports
  • Contribute to the planning and development of an ocean investment facility to leverage increased public and private sector investments in ocean-based blue economy development and growth


Samuel Gumarin, M.D.

Governor, Province of Guimaras

We are but filled with gratitude and inspiration as the island-province of Guimaras was chosen as the host for the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) General Assembly 2018. As we map and align our Read More

Aimee Gonzales

PEMSEA Executive Director

In June 2017, the United Nations gathered members of the international community to appeal for support in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for Read More

Antonio G. M. La Viña, JSD

PEMSEA Council Chair

The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress plays a vital role as an intellectual marketplace to convene partners, collaborators, and stakeholders within and outside East Asia in sharing knowledge and experiences, in discussing trends, challenges and Read More

Roy Cimatu

Secretary, DENR

At the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2017, the Philippines Submitted its Voluntary Commitments. These include nationwide projects aligned with the targets of Sustainable Development Goal No. 14, "Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas Read More

Arthur D. Defensor, Sr.

Governor, Province of Iloilo

Mabuhay and welcome to the Province of Iloilo! Situated in the center of the Philippine archipelago, Iloilo is also nicknamed, “the Heart of the Philippines.” In behalf of the Provincial Government of Iloilo, it is Read More

Jose S. Espinosa III

Mayor, Iloilo City

On behalf of the City Government of Iloilo, I would like to express our warm welcome to all the participants of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 and the Sixth Ministerial Forum. We are Read More