1,500 people to participate in conference
The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2012, the largest ocean-related event in East Asia, will be held in Changwon, the environmental capital of the Republic of Korea, from July 9 to July 13 under the theme of “Building a Blue Economy: Strategy, Opportunities and Partnership in the Seas of East Asia.”
Hosted by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), the conference takes place every three years to present the progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia and promote cooperation among various stakeholders.
The inaugural EAS Congress took place in Putrajaya, Malaysia, in 2003, followed by the 2006 conference in Haikoy City, Hainan Province, China; and the 2009 meeting in Manila, the Philippines.
The upcoming EAS Congress 2012 is jointly organized by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs and Changwon City of the Republic of Korea.
The program includes a ministerial forum, the PEMSEA conference, international workshops, forum between local governments, youth forum and exhibitions. On the sidelines of the EAS Congress 2012, participants will make field trips to the Yeosu Expo in South Jeolla Province and the Naesumyeon environmental, ecological park in Jinhae-gu, Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province.
About 1,500 people, including officials from East Asian governments, international organizations, NGOs and companies, and experts, will participate in the Changwon conference to discuss ocean and environmental issues and ways to build a model for the development of sustainable ocean economy.
A Changwon City official said: “We are making all-out efforts with the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs for the successful hosting of the EAS Congress 2012.
The official expressed hope that the international conference will serve as an occasion to help Korea upgrade its status as a marine power and promote understanding of Changwon.
In an effort to publicize the importance of ocean, ecological environment among the public, Changwon invites citizens and students to take part in arts, photo and writing contests. Works by winners of those contests will be put on public display at the Changwon Exhibition Convention Center (CECO) during the five-day EAS Congress 2012.