With the assistance of international organisations, particularly the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), Vietnam has successfully realised the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) by specific actions like replicating the integrated coastal zone management in coastal localities, and promulgating and implementing a strategy for integrated coastal zone management to 2020, with a vision towards 2030.

Vietnamese delegation at the event (Photo: baochinhphu)

Vietnam has also issued the Law on Marine and Island Resources and Environment and made relevant reports towards a blue economy, according to the official.

Ngan affirmed Vietnam’s commitments to further supporting and accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia in the country.

The Deputy Minister and other delegation heads of PEMSEA member countries signed a ministerial declaration.

With the signing of the Preah Sihanouk Ministerial Declaration, the PEMSEA member countries endorsed the PEMSEA Roadmap to 2030 as the region’s decadal strategic guide anchored on the SDS-SEA vision and commitment to blue economy, aligned with PEMSEA countries’ green recovery plans and programmes, as well as with key international environmental commitments.

Themed “Advancing our Sustainable Development Agenda: Road to 2030 for Healthy Ocean, People, and Economies,” the 7th Ministerial Forum was hosted by the Royal Government of Cambodia through the Ministry of Environment, with support from the province of Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia and co-organised with PEMSEA.

The 7th Ministerial Forum, which is part of the culminating events of the East Asian Seas Congress 2021 aims to highlight the progress made by the EAS region through the PEMSEA partnership on the implementation of the region’s common framework of action- the SDS-SEA; recognise the impacts as well as the opportunities to build back stronger and greener from the global pandemic, as well as other persistent and emerging concerns in the region; and launch the PEMSEA Roadmap to 2030.

During a plenary session on December 1, the delegates looked into specific activities within the framework of the PEMSEA.

Source: VNA