Blue Economy Bulletin December 2017


Welcome to the final issue of the Blue Economy Bulletin for 2017! Thank you for your continued interest in blue economy news and events in East Asia and around the world.

Wrapping up a busy year for PEMSEA, the province of Cavite in the Philippines launched its State of the Coasts Report. In Bangkok, experts from both the public and private sectors participated in PEMSEA’s Blue Economy Forum to discuss the state of ocean health and blue economy growth in the region. Meanwhile, local capacity building continues to advance through PEMSEA’s Traineeship Programme, which included topics on blue economy and investment. Under the PEMSEA Blue Economy Webinar series, Dr. Jenna Jambeck presented on tackling ocean plastic waste in the seas of East Asia.

As the urgency to address plastic pollution increases, research continues to emerge on the impact of the problem, for instance, a report showing that some fish are attracted to plastic particles covered in algae, mistaking these for food. Experts continue to develop new solutions to manage plastic waste as the critical role of the private sector in marine protection becomes even more apparent. In sustainable finance, Fiji has successfully issued a green bond to boost climate resilience. Clarmondial and WWF release a new report on how conservation organizations can better mobilize private investment for positive environmental results. Discussions at the COP 23 highlighted the link between oceans and climate change.

2018 will be an exciting year, marking PEMSEA’s 25th anniversary and the triennial East Asian Seas Congress! We look forward to stronger partnerships as we work together towards the sustainable development of our shared seas.

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Blue Economy Forum 2017

The Blue Economy Forum, held November 14-15 in Bangkok, highlighted blue economy initiatives in the East Asian Seas region. Multi-sectoral stakeholders discussed the progress on valuing the growing ocean economy as well as innovative solutions, enabling policies and other actions to improve ocean health. View photos from the event here.

Webinar: Tackling Ocean Plastics

PEMSEA’s most recent webinar in its Blue Economy series featured Dr. Jenna Jambeck, expert on plastic contamination of the seas. Learn about the global issue of ocean plastic waste, the current status of policies and recommended actions to mitigate this growing problem. Watch the webinar recording here.

PEMSEA builds capacity in scaling up ICM in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Indonesia

Six trainees from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Indonesia recently graduated from PEMSEA’s Traineeship Programme. Learn about their 2-month experience in the Philippines and understand how they plan to use their newfound skills in scaling up ICM in their respective countries. Read more.

Cavite prepares for sustainable water management amidst growing population

The Provincial Government of Cavite prioritizes the need to address and manage the water situation in the province amidst a growing population and forecasted demand of over 51 million liters per day by 2020. At the Cavite Water Summit 2017, speakers and participants discussed sustainable solutions to prevent water shortages. Read more.

State of the Coasts of Cavite Province

Developed to assess and analyze the progress, achievements and impacts of ICM implementation in the province of Cavite, Philippines, the report seeks to provide information on the changing social, economic and environmental conditions in the province and to determine the scope and effectiveness of coastal management programs that have been implemented. Read the State of the Coasts (SOC) of Cavite Report here.


Blue Carbon introduction for policy makers

The International Partnership for Blue Carbon (IPBC) published a new report on “Coastal blue carbon: an introduction for policy makers”, highlighting challenges and opportunities in developing policies and projects to protect and restore coastal blue carbon ecosystems. Read more from the IPBC.

Ocean pathway launched at cop 23

At the recent climate conference held in Bonn, stakeholders launched the Ocean Pathway, an initiative for considering oceans in the UNFCCC process, particularly through the inclusion of oceans in Nationally Determined Contributions and ensuring that climate change funding can support the adaptation work required for healthy oceans. Read more from the SDG Knowledge Hub.

china’s clean air challenge: time to cut maritime pollution

Ships and ports are some of the main sources of marine and air pollution in coastal areas. China’s Ministry of Transport has incorporated policies to reduce maritime emissions into its national five-year plan with a focus on China’s three most prosperous coastal regions. Read more from The City Fix.

Plastic in the ocean smells like junk food to hungry anchovies

Researchers discover that northern anchovies are drawn to eat plastic debris coated with algae and bacteria. By eating plastics, anchovies and other baitfish could become toxic to the animals and people who rely on them for food, leading to health concerns for humans. Read more from Mongabay.


can business policies untangle the fate of sea life?

The private sector has a critical role to play in protecting marine life. From consistent standards for responsible sourcing to retailers and consumers demanding transparency, business has a responsibility to create change. Read more from GreenBiz.

5 ways to win the war on plastic pollution

300 experts from across the plastic value chain shared solutions to tackle the issue of marine plastic pollution. Learn about the five most promising strategies that communities, businesses and policymakers can use to address the plastic waste crisis. Read more from Eco-Business.

oceans could offer a wind-powered world

Scientists report that tapping the force of the winds sweeping across the open ocean would be enough to meet annual global energy demand. While no commercial-scale deep water wind farms exist yet, such technologies, if they become technically and economically feasible, could potentially provide civilization-scale power. Read more from Climate News Network.



A new report from WWF and Clarmondial highlights how leading conservation organizations have pioneered investment strategies and structures in conservation finance. Read more from Clarmondial.


Fiji demonstrates that green capital markets can be created in emerging economies. The small island state recently raised 100 million Fijian dollars, or US$50 million, to support climate change mitigation and adaption. Read more from the World Bank.



6-8 February, Phoenix, Arizon


13-16 March, Thailand


26 February – 15 March, Manila


World Ocean Congress


7-9 March, Mexi