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The fourth EAS Congress to be held in Changwon City, RO Korea in July 2012 will take place as the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), and the world’s first international exposition centering on the oceans—the Yeosu Expo 2012.
While the international community tackles the global sustainable development concerns, the East Asian Seas region, through the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA), offers concrete strategies and implementation measures that will help in achieving the region’s vision for the oceans and coasts.
The EAS Congress 2012 and the Fourth Ministerial Forum aim to advance the region’s commitment towards sustainable development by focusing on the theme, “Building a Blue Economy: Strategy, Opportunities and Partnerships in the Seas of East Asia,” and by adopting a rolling 5-Year Implementation Plan for the SDS-SEA which will also serve as the region’s roadmap towards a Blue Economy.
The EAS Congress 2012 offers a number of workshops and side events that look into the different major facets of sustainable coastal and ocean development and governance. It also opens up partnership opportunities for various stakeholders both local and international, from private entities to public sectors, and from youth participants to experts.
As this event only happens every three years, I therefore urge all of you to take advantage of the vast opportunities offered by the Congress.
We hope that this EAS Congress 2012 website will be useful in your preparation for the EAS Congress 2012.
Together with the Republic of Korea through the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM), the Changwon City Government, as well as the Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office for Project Services, we look forward to welcoming you at the EAS Congress 2012.
Raphael P.M. Lotilla
Executive Director. PEMSEA Resource Facility /
Head, EAS Congress Secretariat
Every three years since 2003, various stakeholders from within and outside the East Asian Seas region converge at the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress to discuss the various challenges, developments, and new opportunities as well as contribute in mapping the future direction of coastal and ocean governance of the region.
Looking back, I am very proud to say that this region has definitely gone a long way and that the EAS Congress has served as a key witness to that growth. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) through the Putrajaya Declaration in 2003, the establishment of the major Operating Mechanisms for the implementation of the SDS-SEA through the Haikou Declaration in 2006, and the strengthening and scaling up of the implementation of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) programmes and the SDS-SEA as measures for climate change adaptation through the Manila Declaration in 2009, are clear indications of growing commitment from the region to ensure the sustainable development of the Seas of East Asia.
The year 2012 is crucial as a number of international events are set that year, the most prominent of which is the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+2012. As the world prepares for Rio, we see a growing movement to include the ocean agenda in the Rio discussions. In line with the principles of a Green Economy, the world is also seeing the growth of ocean-based green economy as well as the increasing support for integrated planning and management for balance and efficient utilization of land and sea resources. This emerging phenomenon and concept is being termed as “Blue Economy”.
As the EAS region relies heavily on its coastal and marine resources and environment, it is crucial for the countries of the region to ensure the effective use of its coastal and marine ecosystems in order to increase economic development and at the same time ensure environmental sustainability and social equity. Thus, the EAS Congress 2012’s focus on the theme “Building a Blue Economy: Strategy, Opportunities and Partnerships in the Seas of East Asia” connotes a paradigm shift that is both timely and very relevant to the East Asian Seas region. I sincerely believe that the East Asian Seas region, through its experience and achievements in the implementation of the SDS-SEA and various ICM programmes, is in a vantage position to work towards building a Blue Economy.
I invite all of you to take part of this historical and dynamic event. I look forward to seeing you at the EAS Congress 2012.
EAS Partnership Council
It is my pleasure to bid you welcome to the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2012 to be hosted by the Republic of Korea through the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM), and the City Government of Changwon.
The Republic of Korea is very proud to host this important event from July 9 to 13, 2012. The EAS Congress 2012 comes at a very unique time as RO Korea will also be hosting the International Exposition Yeosu 2012 under the theme “The Living Ocean and Coast”. We believe that the coastal and ocean environment and resources are critical to the overall development not only of our country but of the entire East Asian Seas region. By linking therefore the Yeosu Expo with the EAS Congress 2012, which will focus on “Building a Blue Economy in the EAS region”, we hope to further elevate the growing consciousness on coasts and oceans as critical elements in the overall discussion of sustainable development.
The venue for the EAS Congress 2012 could not have been more appropriate. Changwon City is the first planned city in RO Korea and is slowly building itself into a world class city that promotes sustainable economic, social and environmental growth.
The EAS Congress 2012 and the Fourth Ministerial Forum brings an opportunity for the various stakeholders from the EAS region, as well as from those outside the region to share achievements and lessons learned, and at the same time identify remaining gaps, emerging trends and challenges and future actions that will contribute in the sustainble development of the region’s ocean economy.
We will do everything we can to make the EAS Congress 2012 and the Fourth Ministerial Forum a memorable and productive experience for all the participants.
I look forward to welcoming you personally in Changwon City in 2012.
Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs
Welcome to the East Asian Seas Congress 2012!
In July 2012, the City of Changwon will host the 2012 EAS Congress, the largest maritime environment policy congress in East Asia. Hundreds of participants will convene in Changwon City to discuss and confirm strategies for sustainable development of marine and coastal resources and conservation of the ocean ecosystem.
Located in the southeastern area of the Korean Peninsula, Changwon is the center of administration, industry, education, tourism and ocean development, and with a glorious history that dates back to 2,000 years.
On 1 July 2010, Changwon, with an area of 743.81km2, became a metropolitan city with a population of 1.1 million by integrating neighboring two cities, Masan & Jinhae.
Bigger than Seoul, Changwon has worked hard to become a leading port city in northeast Asia based on a well-organized port infrastructure and a beautiful coastline running 300 kilometers.
In 2008, Changwon successfully hosted the "Ramsar COP 10," so-called an environmental Olympics, which has won a silver for Changwon in the "LivCom Awards" authorized by UNEP in Chicago, USA last year. In addition, we will also host the "UNCCD COP 10" and "EcoMobility and World Bike Festival" this October 2011.
Needless to say, Changwon will make its utmost efforts to make the EAS Congress 2012 a success, at the same time featuring a wonderful maritime festival of East Asian countries.
I hope you find the information on the Changwon and the EAS Congress in this website useful, and hope you enjoy your cyber-travel to Changwon.
Thank you very much and best wishes!
Changwon City, RO Korea