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New Strategic Direction

 
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Report of the Special Intergovernmental Session of COBSEA, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 5-6 September 2007 (read..., pdf-file, 249 KB)

Report of the Nineteenth Meeting of COBSEA, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 22-23 January 2008 (read..., pdf-file, 814 KB)

The New Strategic Direction for COBSEA (2008-2012) (read..., pdf-file, 3.8MB)

The Nineteenth Meeting of COBSEA, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 22-23 January 2008, adopted a New Strategic Direction for COBSEA (2008-2012).

The implementation of COBSEA's new strategic direction, means a re-direction of its focus to the thematic areas of:

  • Marine- and landbased pollution;
  • Coastal and marine habitat conservation; and
  • Management and response to coastal disasters.

COBSEA will address these areas through four inter-linked strategies:

  • Information management;
  • National capacity building;
  • Strategic and emerging issues;and
  • Regional cooperation.

This means that COBSEA will, after more than 20 years of successful operations and interventions in the East Asian Seas region, move beyond its traditional project oriented role to a more policy oriented function. This would include measures to strengthen national capacities to better manage regional marine programs, to enhance post-project sustainability and to assist governments to maximize opportunities inherent in the strategic marine- and coastal environment issues that face governments in the region today.

With SIDA support, the work on developing the new strategic direction for COBSEA began in 2005 through two regional workshops held in Bangkok to discuss and further advance these ideas.

At the Eighteenth Meeting of COBSEA in 2006, member countries expressed the desire for COBSEA, under the constraint of a small secretariat, to initially focus on national capacity building measures and information management while gradually evolving into a coastal and marine policy forum. Through this approach, COBSEA could in future play an important role in assisting to alleviate the challenges faced by countries in the East Asian Seas region.

The New Strategic Direction of COBSEA (2008-2012) was finalised by the Special Intergovernmental Session of COBSEA held in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 5-6 September 2007 and adopted by the subsequent Nineteenth Meeting of COBSEA.

 

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