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East Asian Seas Congress 2021

PEMSEA is pleased to formally announce that the EAS Congress 2021 will be held on 1-2 December 2021 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. This triennial event will be hosted by the Royal Government of Cambodia and co-organized by their Ministry of Environment, Province of Preah Sihanouk, and PEMSEA.

This page has been updated to reflect the latest developments on the East Asian Seas Congress 2021. Last update: 14 May 2021

The year 2021 is a defining moment as we contain current and future pandemics and as we near the completion of the implementation plan of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) 2018-2022. Armed with greater public awareness on the links between ocean health and human health, the EAS region is one and aligned with the global recognition to act on pressing socioeconomic, ecological, and climate change issues, and sustain the momentum of building meaningful and transformative solutions for a sustainable ocean-based economy.

Since 2003, the EAS Congress has served as an intellectual marketplace and forum on the sustainable development of the seas of the world's fastest-growing region. This triennial event provides a platform for ministerial and high-level technical discussions along with opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking between different sectors of society from international organizations, multilateral banks, local governments, the scientific community, youth sector, private firms, academe, nongovernment organizations, and other development partners.

The Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) has formally kickstarted its preparations for the upcoming East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2021, with online events lined up from June 2021 to culminate in a virtual two-day event to be held on 1-2 December, hosted by the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Themed Charting a New Decade of H.O.P.E. (Healthy Oceans, People and Economies), the EAS Congress aims to: (1) share the lessons learned, track the progress made, and scale up good practices in implementing the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) at the regional, national, and local levels; (2) build on and recalibrate existing management interventions and foster new opportunities for regional partnerships using innovative approaches, technologies, investments, and financing towards the sustainable development of the coastal and marine environment; and (3) set up a clear roadmap on transformative blue solutions in the next decade in accordance with the new normal and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and other relevant international and regional commitments.

In celebration of Earth Day, PEMSEA has launched the EAS Congress 2021 website to provide more information on the event, and enable participants and potential partners/collaborators to subscribe to updates such as the important days to remember, registration process, and events programme and access a dynamic platform for knowledge sharing and collaborative action.

For more information, kindly contact the event’s Secretariat by email: EASCongress2021@pemsea.org or visit the Congress website.