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East Sea nations discuss development

by 16 November 2015 Last updated at 16:19 PM

VTV.vn - The event took place in Da Nang and drew the participation of 400 deputies from 19 nations.

80% of ocean pollution is caused by ineffective management in treating waste resources. This topic is one highlight in an event titled "Global targets, local benefits - Setting the sustainable development agenda for the seas of East Asia beyond 2015" . The event took place in Da Nang and drew the participation of 400 deputies from 19 nations.

The East Sea has played an important role in Vietnamese culture for generations. More than 2.1 billion people benefit from the East Sea. However, pollution is increasing due to the negative impact of climate change.

"Resource management is now ineffective and overlapping, as are the benefits for different regions and countries, so responsibilities are not clear for the parties involved." - Chu Pham Ngoc Hien, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Management and conservation (of the East Sea) must be built on the global legal framework and constitution.

"Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) is a concept drawing a lot of attention. We should recognize the role of the private sector and local governments. We should focus on managing at a general level, instead of small and uncoordinated activities. We need better connections and coordination at the local level." - Christian Severin, Global Environment Facility.

This year’s  East Sea Congress will lay the foundation for updating regional goals in line with global discussions on post-2015 sustainable development targets. Since 2003, the congress has been held every 3 years, alternating between the 12 member states, and hosted this year in Vietnam.

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