DENR eager to host East Asian Sea meet despite Boracay crisis
Even if Boracay rehabilitation is taking up so much from its time and resources, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is still eager to host the East Asian Sea (EAS) Congress, a regional conference that aims to address ocean and coastal area degradation.
The 2018 EAS Congress, slated for November 23 to 27, will be held at the Iloilo International Convention Center and is the sixth in a series of triennial ocean conferences in the region.
This year’s conference is co-organized by the DENR and the Partnerships in Environmental Management of the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA).
“True to its commitment to conserve and protect the marine and coastal resources of the country and the region, the Philippines is honored to host the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 through the DENR and the Provincial Government of Iloilo,” said DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.
He said the country looks forward to a “very dynamic exchange of knowledge, commitments to partnerships and joint action among all participants” to the regional meeting.
Cimatu said the issue of protecting the ocean’s health has brought in deeper meaning to the country with the closure of Boracay to pave the way for its rehabilitation from environmental degradation.
The 2018 EAS Congress seeks to align the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the SEA and other sub-regional and regional strategies and action plans with Sustainable Development Goal No. 14 on life below water, which targets the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, seas and oceans.
The conference draws from the commitments and calls for action of last year’s United Nations Ocean Conference held in New York, USA where 193 countries unanimously agreed on measures to reverse the decline of ocean’s health.
One of the calls for action is the implementation of strategies to reduce the use of plastic bags and single-use plastic.