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The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009

23-27 November 2009 | Manila, Philippines
 
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EAS Congress 2009

Highlights for Monday, 23 November 2009

The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009 opened on Monday in Manila, Philippines. Convened by the GEF/UNDP/UNOPS Regional Programme on Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), this five-day event is expected to provide a region-wide platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange, capacity building, strategic action and cooperation for the sustainable development of the seas of East Asia. The theme of the Congress is “Partnerships at Work: Local Implementation and Good Practices.”

An International Conference on Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Development, a Ministerial Forum, a Special EAS Partnership Council Meeting, a Senior Government Officials Meeting and a Youth Forum will all convene as part of the Congress.

In the morning, delegates attended the opening ceremony and heard a keynote address by the former Philippine President Fidel Valdez Ramos. Delegates also convened in sessions under the conference’s first theme, “Coastal and Ocean Governance,” including on: contributions of marine economic sectors to regional and national gross domestic product (GDP) in an uncertain climate; the continental shelf; addressing transboundary issues through regional and subregional seas cooperation; and land- and sea-use zoning. They also attended a number of workshops and seminars, and a youth forum.

 
L-R: Demetrio Ignacio, Undersecretary for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines; Amb. A. Selverajah, Singapore; Jose Atienza Jr., Secretary for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines; Jacqueline Badcock, UNDP; Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines; Chua Thia-Eng, Chair of the EAS Partnership Council, and Raphael Lotilla, Executive Director of PEMSEA.
OPENING PLENARY SESSION:
 
 
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Over 1500 participants have regestired to the EAS Congress.
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Raphael Lotilla, Executive Director of PEMSEA, officially opened the EAS Congress.
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Jose Atienza Jr., Secretary for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines, welcomed participants to the meeting.
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Chua Thia-Eng, Chair of the EAS Partnership Council.
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Keiichi Katayama, President of the Ocean Construction Company, Japan.
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Rodrigo de Jesus, Bantay Dagat (Guardians of the Sea), Philippines.
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Jacqueline Badcock, UNDP
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Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines
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Amb. A. Selverajah, Singapore.
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COASTAL AND OCEAN GOVERNANCE:
 
   
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Charles Colgan, University of Southern Maine, US, made the keynote presentation and spoke of the challenges and benefits of measuring contributions of the marine economy.
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Romulo Virola, Secretary General, National Statistical Coordination Board, Philippines.
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Nazery Khalid, Center for Marine Economics and Industry.
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The session was chaired by Cielito Habito, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
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Post-May 2009 perspective on the continental shelf:
 
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Kuen-Chen Fu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
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L-R: Valentina Germani, UNDOALOS and Galo Carrera, Commission on the Limits of the Continetal Shelf.
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