The Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) was established in 2001 with Philippines as one of the 13 participating countries. The Environmental Management Bureau serves as the National Center and implements the various activities of EANET.
COBSEA was established in 1981 as the policy coordination and decision-making inter-governmental body for the Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the East Asian Seas Region (the East Asian Seas Action Plan) approved by member countries in 1981 and revised in 1994. COBSEA focuses on marine- and land-based pollution, coastal and marine habitat conservation, and management and response to coastal disasters through information management, national capacity building, addressing strategic and emerging issues and regional cooperation.
The office participates in technical consultations, discussions and meetings related to Marine Litter and Microplastics in support to the implementation of the Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI). Further, the EMB, in collaboration with Biodiversity Management Bureau is currently finalizing the National Plan of Action on Marine Litter (NPoA).
The MMHRDC is one of the regional consortia formed in support to the Philippine National
Health Research System’s (PNHRS) implementation of the Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA). The MMHRDC consists of 45 institutions, EMB being one of the member agencies. It encourages conduct of health researches and sharing of resources among its members.
The EMB is a member of the Research Utilization Committee of the MMHRDC. Among the activities of the Committee are organization of research fora/symposia in coordination with the different member institutions.
The Sylvatrop is the DENR Technical Journal of Ecosystems & Natural Resources. Representatives from member agencies comprise the Sylvatrop Editorial Board (SEB) which deliberates and reviews articles submitted for possible publication in the Sylvatrop. The SEB also conducts seminars/ writeshops on Writing for the Sylvatrop which are attended by potential writers from member agencies.
To fulfill the country’s commitments under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), EMB undertakes various activities implemented by organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme intended to address such pollutants. This includes the conduct of capacity-building activities, collection and analysis of environmental samples for levels of identified POPs under the convention as part of the projects by UNEP.
The EMB is also part of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Monitoring Network in East Asia (POPsEA) Project. This is in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment – Japan (MoEJ) through the Japan Environmental Sanitation Center (JESC) which aims to establish a collaborative network and assist East Asian countries in building-up its capabilities for POPs monitoring and providing data on levels of these pollutants in ambient air from the 11 member countries to the project. The objective of the ambient air monitoring is to identify suitable monitoring sites in the East Asian Region for effectiveness evaluation under Article 16 of the Stockholm Convention. For the Philippines, the identified site for the project was Mt. Sto. Tomas in Benguet.