Regional Strategy on Biofouling Management in the East Asian Seas (EAS) Region
Thursday, July 21, 2022
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The UN World Ocean Assessment has confirmed the role of Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS) as a major driver for biodiversity change in the world’s freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystem. Globally, about 2,000 marine species have been introduced to new locations through human-mediated movements. When they become invasive, most of them have had negative ecological, socioeconomic and human health impacts. With increased trade and climate change, biological invasions are likely to increase. The main vectors for unintentional transfer of invasive aquatic species are ships' ballast water, biofouling of mobile marine structures and aquaculture.
 The Second World Ocean Assessment. United Nations, 2021.
Regional Biofouling Management Action Plan in the Seas of East Asia
The challenges posed by biofouling require responses at local, national, and regional levels. The link to international shipping is crucially important, especially so in East Asia, which is already the global hotspot for shipping despite continuing advances in its economies. During the regional meeting of the GloFouling Partnerships Project in September 2023, the Regional Action Plan on Biofouling Management was approved as a response to the need.
Integrated River Basin Management Project Newsletter - Edition 1
2023 marks the beginning of a breakthrough collaboration among six ASEAN member states (AMS) and development partners in Southeast Asia for the protection and management of select priority river basins that drain into four large marine ecosystems in the Southeast Asian Region, the Bay of Bengal, South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand and Indonesian Sea. This year, the Integrated River Basin Management Project saw the project inception and establishment of the governance mechanism at the regional level, including the establishment of the Regional Project Management Unit at PRF and the approval and adoption of the 2023 workplan and budget. The six AMS proceeded in securing approval of the project in line with their respective government policies and procedures and initiated consultations at national and river basin levels to discuss the project’s implementing arrangements. Regional activities were also initiated including the development of State of River Basin Reporting Guidelines, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Analysis, capacity development activities, and knowledge management and communication outreach.
Proceedings of the Seminar on Creating a Safe Workplace Environment: A Discussion on Sexual Harassment
A seminar on 'Creating a Safe Workplace Environment: A Discussion on Sexual Harassment was conducted on 8 December 2023 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The seminar was participated by PEMSEA Resource Facility management and staff.
The objectives of the seminar were to:
- Describe behaviours that constitute sexual harassment in the workplace;
- Suggest practical guidelines in dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace and in promoting a safe work environment that caters to diverse staff;
- Discuss the dynamics of power, provilege and social relations in the workplace in understanding and unpacking sexual harassment issues; and,
- Express their commitment in promoting a safe and violence-free work environment.
Attached is a copy of the proceedings of the seminar which also helped inform the refinement of PRF's Sexual Harassment Policy and Guidelines.
Proceedings of the Thirty First Meeting of the Executive Committee
The 31st PEMSEA EC Meeting was conducted virtually on 23 October 2023 via Zoom. Participants of the meeting included the EC, particularly the Chair and Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Session Chair and Co-Chair, the Technical Session Chair of the EAS Partnership Council (PC), and the Executive Director of the PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF). Observers from the China PEMSEA Center and the Ministry of Environment (MoE) of Cambodia also attended the meeting. PRF served as the secretariat of the meeting.
DOCUMENT NUMBER DOCUMENT TITLE EC/31/DOC/01a List of meeting documents EC/31/DOC/01b Provisional program EC/31/DOC/02 EAS Asian Seas Congress 2024 Theme and Timeline EC/31/DOC/02a Confirmation Letter from China to host 2024 EAS Congress EC/31/DOC/03 Updates on the PEMSEA Blue Carbon Program EC/31/DOC/03a Annex 1. PEMSEA Blue Carbon Roadmap EC/31/DOC/04 Summary Report of NCP Applicants from China EC/31/DOC/05 Optimization of EAS Partnership Council Technical Session EC/31/DOC/06 Updates on the PEMSEA Sustainability Plan
Regional Strategy on Biofouling Management in EAS/ASEAN region
Over 40% of international trade passes through Southeast/East Asian Seas region. This exposes the region’s marine ecosystems to invasive species attached to shipping hulls and other equipment.
The regional task force on biofouling management adopted the regional strategy on biofouling management which sets out a clear action plan which includes promoting research and development and technology exchange in the region, the establishment of national biofouling governance, the development of sustainable financing mechanisms within national and region levels among other things.