Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, OIC Center Head of the Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands, and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) and Dr. Maria Lourdes Quiatchon-Moreno, Science Research Specialist of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau participated in the East Asian Seas Congress 2015 and Fifth Ministerial Forum held at Da Nang City, Vietnam last November 17-21, 2015. They were among the more than 500 coastal and economic managers, national and local government officials, policymakers, and scientists who attended this triennial event.

The theme of this year’s congress, "Global Targets, Local Benefits: Setting the Sustainable Agenda for the Seas of East Asia,” primarily aimed to provide a dynamic platform for knowledge sharing, collaborative action, partnership building, and a forum to advance commitment and cooperation in achieving the shared vision of a sustainable East Asian Seas.

The event featured three thematic sessions, which focused on the assessment of lessons learned and progress made; scaling up of good practices and initiatives towards building a blue economy; and mapping of new targets and schedule for the East Asian Seas region beyond 2015.

EAS Congress 2015 hosted by the Government of Vietnam and organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam (MONRE), Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI), People’s Committee of Danang City, Vietnam, and Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) is the fifth iteration of the EAS Congress held every three years. Ann Jumawan-BCWERC