Welcome to the May 2020 PEMSEA e-update. PEMSEA continues to work to promote its vision of healthy ocean, people, and communities during this time. With the release of our Annual Report 2019, we share stories such as that of Timor-Leste's Green School Program and many others. We also share a paper on the Blue Economy developed by the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), in collaboration with PEMSEA and the Government of Timor-Leste, and our message for World Oceans Day, on the use of integrated coastal management (ICM) as a core part of the pandemic and post-pandemic strategy to ensure the sustainable management and development of our coasts and oceans.
News from elsewhere is dominated by COVID-19 and climate change, two issues which both require large-scale action from across the world. COVID-19 is alleviating pressure on the environment, but is harming coastal livelihoods, and damaging progress in plastic recycling. Meanwhile, more research on climate change suggests it may cause ecosystems to collapse sooner, physiologically alter fish, and expose billions to dangerous heat.
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