ASEAN Discusses Coastal and Marine Preservation

ASEAN member countries gathered at the 18th ASEAN Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment (AWGCME) meeting in Metro Manila, Philippines, May 11-12 2017, to discuss the issue of conservation and protection of coastal and marine areas.

Indonesia was represented by the Directorate of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Directorate of Pollution Control and Coastal and Marine Damage, Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

The meeting discussed the development of implementation of various AWGCME activities, the potential of collaboration with partners, documents related to ASEAN Community Vision 2025 such as the draft of the ASEAN Strategic Plan on Environment (ASPEN) and the AWGCME Action Plan, and country report from each ASEAN member country related to the preservation and protection of the Coast and Marine area.

The meeting also agreed the Terms of Reference (TOR) AWGCME.

On this meeting, Indonesia expressed its commitment to implement the Proposal on Workshop on ASEAN Mechanism to Enhance Surveillance against Illegal Desludging and Disposal of Tanker Sludge at Sea in March 2018 in Batam.

Indonesia also had the opportunity to share experiences on the efforts of the Indonesian government in addressing coastal and marine issues such as the Corporate Ranking Program (PROPER) that rewards companies which have been able to meet the requirements in waste treatment standards; Rehabilitation programs of coastal vegetation, sea grass, coral reefs; Construction of Waste Water Treatment Installation (IPAL) in fisherman's settlement; Implementation of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM); Arrangement of the National Coastal and Marine Environmental Status or National State of Oceans and Coasts (SOC); Monitoring of seawater quality; waste management; And policy making for environmental protection.

The 18th AWGCME Summit underscored the importance of ASEAN cooperation in dealing with various issues related to coastal and marine areas, as well as the need of ASEAN concrete action to promote Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) in order to create a better environment as aspired in ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025.

The participation of all related stakeholders and community is an important key to make it happen. (Source: Directorate of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Cooperation).