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Developing networks on the environmental management of enclosed coastal seas (EMECS)
by International EMECS Center (Academic institution)
Aiming to establish an international and academic network to solve the environmental problems of enclosed coastal seas in an integrated way, the 1st International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS1) was held in Kobe, Japan in 1990. Afterward, the EMECS Conference has been held around the world every 2 or 3 years. Based on presentations and discussions in a wide range of fields held by participants such as researchers, administrative officials, enterprises, citizens etc., the importance of the integrated management of enclosed coastal seas and their watersheds, and Shared Responsibility has been transmitted to the world as EMECS Conference Declaration at each conference. The 12th conference was held in Pattaya, Thailand in November, 2018. The International EMECS Center is going to continue to organize the EMECS Conference in various cities in the World and issue a declaration as an output of the conference. The year and city of the past EMECS Conferences are as follows:1990 Kobe, Japan, EMECS90; 1993 Baltimore, USA, EMECS 93; 1997 Stockholm, Sweden, EMECS 97 jointly held with Stockholm Water Symposium; 1999 Antalya, Turkey, EMECS 99 jointly held with MEDCOAST 99; 2001 Kobe and Awaji island, Japan, EMECS2001; 2003 Bangkok, Thailand, EMECS2003; 2006 Caen, France, EMECS 7; 2008 Shanghai, China, EMECS 8; 2011 Baltimore, USA, EMECS 9; 2013 Marmaris, Turkey, EMECS 10 jointly held with MEDCOAST 2013; 2016 St. Petersburg, Russia, EMECS 11 jointly held with Sea Coasts XXVI; 2018 Pattaya, Thailand, EMECS 12.The next EMECS Conference (EMECS 13) is scheduled to be held in Hull, the U.K., 2021 as a joint conference with ECSA58. (The conference was supposed to be held in 2020, however it has been postponed to the next year due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus.)
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
EMECS 13 conference report
EMECS 12 conference report
EMECS 13 Hull declaration
EMECS 12 Pattaya declaration
In-kind contribution
USD 40, 000 for local organizer Dispatch of experts, students
Basic information
Time-frame: 11/2018 - Not decided
International EMECS Center (NGO), Kobe University - Japan (Academic Institution), Kyoto University - Japan (Academic Institution), Kindai University - Japan (Academic Institution), Chulalongkorn University - Thailand (Academic Institution), The University of Maryland - USA (Academic Institution), Washington College - USA (Academic Institution), Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Academic Institution), Russian Academy of Sciences -Russia (Academic Institution), MEDCOAST - Turkey (Academic Institution), ECSA - UK(Academic Institution), PEMSEA - Philippines (Academic Institution), Hyogo Prefectural Government - Japan (Government), Osaka Prefectural Government - Japan (Government), Kobe City Government - Japan (Government), Osaka City Government - Japan (Government), State of Washington - USA (Government), State of Maryland - USA (Government), Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. - Japan (Private Sector), Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. - Japan (Private Sector), Kobe Steel, Ltd. - Japan (Private Sector), IDEA Consultants, Inc. - Japan (Private Sector)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Masayuki Ishizu, Director, ishizu@emecs.or.jp, +81-78-252-0234
Kobe, Japan
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