The PEMSEA Story


Wednesday, December 01, 2021






The PEMSEA Story: 28 years of collaboration for the Seas of East Asia chronicles the partnerships’ journey of transformation which started as a fledgling pollution project in 1993 to become a regional coordination mechanism with an international legal personality.

PEMSEA works on a range of coastal and marine management programs such as biodiversity conservation, climate change and disaster risk reduction, marine pollution and solid waste management and cross cutting programs on ocean governance, capacity development and knowledge management and blue economy and sustainable financing under the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA).

This book provides an updated narrative on why strategic partnerships and integrated management solutions are important elements in establishing a regional partnership mechanism to manage large marine ecosystems. It focuses on the successes and lessons learned from PEMSEA’s experience at the local, national and regional levels to protect, manage and restore coasts and ocean, aligned with international agreements and targets such the UN SDGs, the Aichi Biodiversity Agreement, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, among others.

The story was developed primarily by consolidating and updating information provided by the UNDP/GEF Scaling Up Implementation of SDS-SEA project’s knowledge products and reports and supplemented by interviews with key partners, collaborators and stakeholders.