ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME)

Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr. (3rd from left) at the 13th AMME Meeting, Hanoi, Vietnam, 28 October 2015 (Photo Source: Forest Policy Section, FMB)

Ten years after it was founded, ASEAN recognized the importance of environmental cooperation for sustainable development and regional integration with the 1st ASEAN Environmental Program (ASEP) in 1977. Since then, it has promoted environmental cooperation among its member states. The first ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME) was held in 1981. The AMME is attended by ministers in charge of the environment from ASEAN member states in order to promote ASEAN environmental cooperation and to ensure the implementation of the environmental decisions made by the heads of government.

ASEAN environmental cooperation recently focused on ten priority areas of regional importance as reflected in the Blueprint for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC Blueprint) 2009-2015. With the current ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025, environmental focus is on sustainability and resilience.

The following chart illustrates the ASEAN Institutional Framework for Environmental Cooperation.
The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME) happens every three years.
Focal Office:
DENR Central Office
1981 - First meeting
Focal Persons:
Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Tel. Nos. - (632) 926 1004 / 928 4969 / 929 6626 Local 2021
In the Blueprint for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC Blueprint) 2009-2015, Section D on "Ensuring Environmental Sustainability" says:

ASEAN shall work towards achieving sustainable development as well as promoting clean and green environment by protecting the natural resource base for economic and social development including the sustainable management and conservation of soil, water, mineral, energy, biodiversity, forest, coastal and marine resources as well as the improvement in water and air quality for the ASEAN region. ASEAN will actively participate in global efforts towards addressing global environmental challenges, including climate change and the ozone layer protection, as well as developing and adapting environmentally-sound technology for development needs and environmental sustainability.

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Ministers in attendance at the 27th ASEAN Summit on 21 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia adopted the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 which aims to realize: 1) a sustainable community that promotes social development and environmental protection through effective mechanisms to meet the current and future needs of the peoples; 2) a resilient community with enhanced capacity and capability to adapt and respond to social and economic vulnerabilities, disasters, climate change as well as emerging threats and challenges.

In envisioning the achievement of a sustainable environment in the face of social changes and economic development, key result areas are as follows:
    1. Conservation and Sustainable Management of Biodiversity and Natural Resources
    2. Environmentally Sustainable Cities
    3. Sustainable Climate
    4. Sustainable Consumption and Production

Key result areas relevant to ENR to achieve resilience are:
   1. A safer ASEAN that is able to respond to all health-related hazards including biological, chemical, and radiological-nuclear, and emerging threats
   2. A climate adaptive ASEAN with enhanced institutional and human capacities to adapt to the impacts of climate change

Moreover, in view of the Post-2015 Vision, the Ministers supported the development of the ASEAN Strategic Plan of Action on Environmental Coope
This Page was updated on 30 October 2017 and will be updated on 30 January 2018
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