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EMECS Conference

Aiming to establish an international and academic network to solve the environmental problems of enclosed coastal seas in an integrated way, the 1st International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS1) was held in Kobe, Japan in 1990. Afterward, the EMECS Conference has been held around the world every 2 or 3 years. Based on presentations and discussions in a wide range of fields held by participants such as researchers, administrative officials, enterprises, citizens etc., the importance of the integrated management of enclosed coastal seas and their backlands, and “Shared Responsibility” has been transmitted to the world as “EMECS Conference Declaration” at each conference. The 11th conference will be held as a joint conference with SeaCoasts 26 in St. Petersburg, Russia in August, 2016.