Changwon has become a member of the Pemsea Network of Local Governments for sustainable coastal development (PNLG), the second Korean local governments following Gyeonggi Province.
PEMSEA (Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia) is a regional partnership program implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Jung Ki-bang, director general in charge of the economy of the city, signed it with the PNLG Charter in front of some 120 representatives from nine member states during the July 26 preparation meeting for the 2011 PNLG Forum in Dongying, Shandong Province, sealing their succession to the international marine network. The body aims to promote sustainable coastal development as well as the protection of marine environment.
Changwon’s acceptance into PNLG was highly anticipated prior to the meeting as they had expressed their intention to join the organization as early as November 2010, when they articulated their desire in the PNLG forum in Thailand. Five other cities, including Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province, and Laoting in Hebei Province of China have joined the international network as well.
Upon the acceptance of the newest member states, Bang delivered a speech, introducing Changwon’s advanced facilities and marine environment policies. He also promised that the city will do its best to successfully organize the forthcoming East Asian Seas Congress in July, 2012, the largest maritime environment policy congress in East Asia which was entrusted to them and formalized on April 25.
This year’s forum also saw the member states adopting a joint declaration to expand the Integrated Coastal Management (ICM), which aims to strengthen the existing strategy for sustainable coastal development in East Asia.