Jakarta (ANTARA) - The 2022 Forum of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) Network of Local Governments (PNLG) has produced an important document called the Tangerang Initiative.

The Tangerang Initiative is a collective statement reflecting the commitment of PNLG members, as non-state partners in PEMSEA, in implementing the Sustainable Marine Development Strategy in East Asia (SDS-SEA), according to a release posted by the PEMSEA PNLG on its official website.

For PNLG members, integrated coastal management (ICM) under SDS-SEA is envisaged as an effective framework and systematic approach for achieving sustainable development in coastal and marine areas.

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The following is the text of the Tangerang Initiative - PNLG Forum 2022:

We reaffirm our strong commitment as a non-state partner of PEMSEA in implementing the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA), which recognizes and applies integrated coastal management (ICM) as an effective management framework and systematic approach to achieve sustainable development in coastal and marine areas.

We will vigorously promote the sustainable expansion of PNLG as more local governments and stakeholders recognize the value of the network as an effective platform for exchanging information, sharing knowledge, and presenting good practices and lessons learned in local coastal and marine program implementation.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to sharing knowledge and experience as an ICM advocate, particularly in developing, demonstrating, maintaining, and continuously improving the implementation of ICM throughout the region through the following actions:

  • Improving the effectiveness of coastal and marine governance through strengthening national and local coastal and marine institutional policies and mechanisms, as well as building the capacity of local stakeholders for the effective and inclusive implementation of ICM;
  • Improving marine health through scaling up ICM programs based on effective regulatory frameworks and integration of functional and structural adaptive policies, and implementing programs for biodiversity conservation and habitat protection, climate change adaptation, and pollution reduction and waste management in coastal and marine areas to promote coastal ecosystem resilience;
  • Improving public health through strengthening the participation of coastal communities and building stronger and more sustainable livelihood programs to ensure social and economic resilience; and
  • Advancing the health and inclusiveness of our economy through sustainable local blue economy development and creating stronger partnerships between the public and private sectors.
We will report on the progress of achieving this target to support the implementation of the PNLG 2022–2030 Strategic Action Plan (SAP) using the SAP PNLG tracking mechanism during the annual PNLG forum.

We urge the PNLG Secretariat to provide operational support for PNLG activities; PEMSEA Learning Center Network to provide technical advice and assistance in the implementation of ICM and in organizing PNLG-PNLC joint learning activities; and the PEMSEA Resource Facility to monitor the actions and impacts of implementing PNLG SAP 2022–2030 and to promote cooperation in education and training and capacity-building activities related to ICM, in particular, and sustainable coastal and marine development.

We encourage international organizations, donors, scientific and technical organizations, academia, and the business sector to partner with local governments in their efforts to develop, implement, and continuously improve the ICM program, as outlined in the SAP PNLG 2022–2030.

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