A number of legal instruments exist which concern environmental governance of the Yellow Sea, but the level of strictness and scope of coverage varies.

The Yellow Sea focuses on identifying better ways of furthering national and regional commitments to international agreements such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and the Global Programme of Action (GPA).

PR China and RO Korea have recognized the need to reduce environmental stresses in the Yellow Sea, and the regional cooperating mechanism developed by the YSLME project has provided an effective means for addressing the environmental problems of the Yellow Sea at the regional level.

To improve regional environmental governance by strengthening institutional, legislative and financial capacities of the region and the countries, capacity of governments at different levels needs to be enhanced to apply economic analysis in investment decision making, together with efforts in the development of institutional, policy and financial framework of the Yellow Sea Commission.

Partnership with regional cooperative institutions (2017-2019) is expected to be strengthened.

Our Work to Promote Good Goverance

The YSLME Phase II Project has set up a Regional Working Group on Governance (RWG-G) to improve regional environmental governance by strengthening institutional, legislative, and financial capacities of the region and the countries. The RWG-G has two task forces to assist with activities under its mandate, including institutionalization of the YSLME Commission: (1) Task Force on Rules of Governance and (2) Task Force on Sustainable Financing.





China, RO Korea to initiate consultation on setting up task forces to establish YSLME Commission, 15 December 2017


3rd ICC Meeting

Law and policy seminar to promote regional ocean governance set, 14 May 2018

YSLME held its second Interim Commission Council meeting in Dalian, 28 March 2018