PH renews regional commitment to sustainable coastal devt
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the Philippines has remained fully committed to sustainable coastal development as it continues to support regional effort towards the sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems.
The DENR said the country is a committed partner of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), an intergovernmental organization working to foster and sustain healthy and resilient oceans, coasts, communities and economies across the region.
DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change and Mining Concerns Analiza Rebuelta Teh, who is the PEMSEA national focal point, said the country’s affiliation with the regional organization has led to the successful adaption and implementation of the Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) program under Executive Order (EO) 533.
ICM helped government agencies, companies and other organizations to achieve social and economic development targets by addressing the governance of human activities affecting the sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems through a set of easily understood processes and supporting tools.
As part of their continuing strong partnership, Teh said that the DENR and PEMSEA are co-hosting this year’s East Asia Seas Congress on November 27 to 30 in Iloilo City.
The event will bring together environment ministers among PEMSEA partner nations to further strengthen regional cooperation in promoting sustainable coastal development.