ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME)

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DENR Asst. Sec. Marcial Amaro (leftmost) and other ASEAN ministers at the 14th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment in Brunei Darussalam on 12 September 2017. [ASEAN Secretariat]

Due to the need for cooperation in the management of the ASEAN region's physical environment for sustainable development and regional integration, ASEAN formulated its first ASEAN Environmental Progamme in 1977. Then it organized the first ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME) in 1981 to serve as the institution responsible for ASEAN cooperation on the environment. The AMME consists of Ministers (or Secretaries, in the case of the Philippines) of the ASEAN member states (AMS) that are responsible for environmental management. The AMME meets once every two years.
Focal Office:
DENR Central Office
1981 - First meeting
Focal Persons:
Secretary, DENR
Tel. No. (632) 926 3011, 920 4301, 929 6626 loc 2258
The ASCC Blueprint 2025 is the guiding framework of ASEAN cooperation on the environment, with the vision, 'an ASEAN Community that engages and benefits the peoples and is inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and dynamic.' Under the Blueprint's characteristic of 'Sustainable' are the following key result areas and corresponding strategic measures that the AMS, including the Philippines, are expected to do:
- Strengthen regional cooperation to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems resources, combat desertification, halt biodiversity loss, and halt and reverse land degradation.
- Promote cooperation for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of the coastal and marine environment, respond and deal with the risk of pollution and threats to the marine ecosystem and coastal environment, particularly in ecologically sensitive areas.
- Adopt good management practices and strengthen policies to address the impact of development projects on coastal and international waters and transboundary environmental issues, including pollution, illegal movement and disposal of hazardous substances and waste, and in doing so, utilize existing regional and international institutions and agreements.
- Enhance policy and capacity development and best practices to conserve, develop and sustainably manage marine, wetlands, peatlands, biodiversity, and land and water resources.
- Promote capacity building in a continuous effort to have sustainable management of ecosystems and natural resources.
- Promote cooperation on environmental management towards sustainable use of ecosystems and natural resources through environmental education, community engagement and public outreach.
- Strengthen global and regional partnerships and support the implementation of relevant international agreements and frameworks.
- Promote the role of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity as the centre of excellence in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
- Support the full implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets.

Since environmental issues cut across several sectors, the AMME, ASOEN and their working groups coordinate with relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies and with dialogue/development partners. For example, forestry and agriculture concerns are handled by the ASEAN Ministers for Agriculture and Forestry; mining and minerals are handled by the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals while the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting tackles energy issues. These three fall under the ASEAN Economic Community while AMME and ASOEN fall under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.
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The AMME held a Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Marine Debris (SAMMMD) on 4-5 March 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. It took off from the ASEAN Conference on Reducing Marine Debris in the ASEAN Region in Bali, Indonesia in November 2017 and the 20th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment chaired by the Philippines in January 2019 in Phuket Thailand. During the SAMM-MD, each AMS delivered its country statement highlighting its actions to reduce marine debris. The Philippines reported that the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program would showcase its commitment to address marine debris. The outcome documents of the meeting were the(1) Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the ASEAN Region for consideration and adoption by the ASEAN Leaders at the 34th ASEAN Summit in June 2019 in Bangkok; the (2) ASEAN Framework of Action on Marine Debris in the ASEAN Region and the (3) Joint Media Statement of the SAMMMD. The Bangkok Declaration emphasized the need to (1) strengthen action at the national level and among the AMS and partners to prevent and reduce marine debris; (2) encourage an integrated land-to-sea approach; (3) promote inter-sectoral coordination; (4) enhance multi-stakeholder coordination and cooperation; (5) promote private sector engagement and investment; (6) strengthen research capacity and application of scientific knowledge and (7) accelerate advocacy and actions to increase public awareness and participation and enhance education.
In the 14th AMME on 11-13 September 2017 in Brunei, actions taken on environmental sustainability under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint and new initiatives on the promotion of regional environmental cooperation were discussed. It was held back-to-back with the 13th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. The Environment Ministers adopted the items endorsed to them by the 28th ASOEN meeting. These included the updated Terms of Reference of ASOEN and its Working Groups. They reaffirmed their commitment to implement the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP) and the Roadmap on ASEAN Cooperation towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation, to realize a Haze-Free ASEAN by 2020. They also adopted the ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Action Plan 2016-2020 and the ASEAN-UN Action Plan on Environment and Climate Change. Since the meeting was held during the 50th or the Golden Anniversary of ASEAN, the Environment Ministers launched the 5th ASEAN State of Environment Report. They also congratulated 10 outstanding individuals from the AMS who received awards as ASEAN Biodiversity Champions or Heroes in August 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The Ministers presented the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) Awards and the ASEAN Certificates of Recognition for Clean Air, Clean Water and Clean Land, to selected cities in the AMS. San Carlos City, Philippines, was one of the awardees of the 4th ESC ASEAN Award.
The 5th State of Environment Report was launched during the 14th AMME. The report gives a comprehensive view of the following themes in the region: atmosphere, land, biota and ecosystems, fresh water, coasts and oceans, production and consumption. It may be accessed at
This Page was updated on 16 December 2019 and will be updated on 10 December 2020
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