PEMSEA continues to innovate and expand its various regional networks in support of the implementation of the SDS-SEA. Building on more than a decade of experience, in which individuals, organizations and public and private entities have been engaged in advancing knowledge and technology transfer, information exchange, and skills training, a number of new arrangements and networking approaches have been developed.
The PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) for Sustainable Coastal Development is the first of its kind in the East Asian Seas region. It is a self-sustaining network of local governments implementing ICM programs. Local government members develop and implement ICM programs using the same framework and processes.
PEMSEA Learning Centers are higher education institutions (HEIs) that have the institutional capacity and track record to provide academic degree programs and other means of capacity development, research, and technical advisory services on sustainable coastal and marine resource development. RCOEs are either HEIs or research institutions that may or may not offer academic degree programs but have received recognition of high distinction from their national governments for exemplary performance in capacity development, research, and technical advisory services on sustainable coastal and marine resource development.
PEMSEA recognizes the value and expertise that research institutions can contribute to the sustainability of seas and coasts. Through the years, these internationally-recognized experts provide technical support in various projects and training workshops.