ASEAN Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment (AWGCME)

Fishing and ecotourism in Naujan Lake, Oriental Mindoro (Photo credit: BMB)

The ASEAN Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment (AWGCME) was established to foster the conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine ecosystems while highlighting the importance of coastal and marine resources for the livelihood of ASEAN. It is mandated to ensure that ASEAN's coastal and marine environment are sustainably managed; representative ecosystems, pristine areas and species are protected; economic activities are sustainably managed; and public awareness of the coastal and marine environment instilled.
Focal Office:
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)
Focal Persons:
Permanent Focal Point
       DENR - Biodiversity Management Bureau
       Tel. No. - (632) 920 4417
       Email - /
The working group has committed to: enhance inter-agency and inter-sectoral coordination at the regional and international levels for achieving sustainable development of ASEAN's coastal and marine environment; build capacities to develop national marine water quality standards by 2015 using the ASEAN Marine Water Quality Criteria as a reference; establish a representative network of protected areas to conserve critical habitats by 2015 through further implementation of the ASEAN Criteria for Marine Heritage Areas, and ASEAN Criteria for National Protected Areas.
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The AWGCME has undertaken the development of both offline and online interfaces for encoding of (i) species and (ii) protected areas. The offline and online database is expected to facilitate information sharing among AMS.

This Page was updated on 17 May 2018 and will be updated on 17 September 2018
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