PEMSEA E-Update for January 2018

Welcome to the first edition of the e-Update for 2018! PEMSEA kicks off its 25th anniversary year by welcoming a new Executive Director, Aimee Gonzales. 2018 promises to be a full year as PEMSEA reflects on the successes and lessons of two-and-a-half decades of partnerships for healthy oceans, people and economies in the the East Asian Seas, and sets its sights on the next 25 years.

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PEMSEA Network of Local Governments stresses importance of investing in UN SDGs

At the PNLG Forum in December 2017, members of the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments discussed their commitment​s to the SDGs through ​specific ​Strategic Action Plans identified until 2021​, including the ​establishment of investment partnerships to support the scaling up of ​integrated ​coastal ​​management​​.

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East Asian Seas Congress 2018

The triennial East Asian Seas Congress, planned for November 2018 in Iloilo City, Philippines, will bring together experts from around the world to celebrate 25 years of partnerships in moving as one with the global ocean agenda. The Congress aims to usher in the next phase of stronger and smarter regional actions that are strategically aligned with the key principles and targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants include local governments, intergovernmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral organizations, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community and companies.

The Congress features an International Conference and Environmental Exhibition composed of Ocean Talk plenary sessions, SEA Exchange dialogues with partners and Partnership Hub partner-led side events, along with the Fifth EAS Youth Forum and PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) Forum 2018, and culminating in the Sixth Ministerial Forum.

More details will be coming soon. Applications are being accepted for Partnership Hub partner-led side events.

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The Ups and Downs of Marine Protected Areas: Examining the Evidence
Mongabay analyzes the effectiveness of conservation through marine protected areas (MPAs). By reviewing recent studies and interviewing experts, researchers assess the limitations of MPAs, information gaps and uneven impacts.

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Aid for Oceans and Fisheries in Developing World Drops by 30%
A new study reports that although overall international aid levels increased from 2010, financial aid to fisheries in developing countries has declined by 30%.

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The Big Ocean Issues and Trends to Watch
This rundown of important ocean issues to track in 2018 includes UN moves to protect biodiversity, IMO plans for emissions reductions, new technologies in sustainable aquaculture, and more.

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New Global Partnership to Save Life in the Ocean Launched at WEF
A new global partnership, The Friends of Ocean Action, was launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. This multi-stakeholder partnership will comprise leaders from science, technology, business and non-governmental groups to shape global action for UN SDG 14.

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Healthy Oceans Take Center Stage in China
China has made a strong commitment to environmental stewardship of the oceans. EDF highlights the different strategies China is embracing in policy, markets, science, technology and partnerships to contribute to SDG14.

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Calls for Stronger Action to Protect Philippine Seas
With 75% of fishing sites in the Philippines already overfished, there is a clamor for stronger enforcement efforts to protect marine resources.

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Indonesia Falling Way Behind in Mangrove Rehabilitation
Early on, Indonesia struggles to reach its target of rehabilitating 1.8 million hectares of degraded mangrove forests by 2045 due to limited funding and challenges with illegal logging, aquaculture and pollution.

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Better Plastics for Healthier Oceans
Governments and non-governmental organizations encourage better waste management and the reuse, redesign and recycling of plastic products to address the issue of marine plastics. A new solution in the form of oxo-biodegradable plastic is now available as a viable solution to prevent marine pollution.

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Will Corporate Action on Ocean Plastic Make an Impact? 
As demands for solutions to marine plastic pollution increase, the private sector commits pledges against ocean pollution. The Ocean Conservancy offers six elements to consider when assessing whether corporate commitments

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