Conservation International Provides New Funding Support for the Pacific Ocean Commissioner

6/22/2015

Conservation International (CI) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) have entered into a financial arrangement to support further implementation of the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape.

Through this agreement, Conservation International, a non-governmental organization that has been working in the Pacific Islands region for around twenty years, has provided USD $225,000 to support the vision of the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape. 

This vision, defined by the Forum Leaders, is to create ‘a secure future for Pacific Island Countries and Territories, based on sustainable development, management and conservation of our ocean’.

“In the Pacific, the ocean is integral to our economies, livelihoods and societies as people of the sea,” said Dame Meg Taylor, Pacific Ocean Commissioner and PIFS Secretary General. “This funding will help us establish the much needed support to raise awareness of the need for immediate action to protect our most precious resource.”

The new funding will be primarily used to support the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, housed in PIFS. The Office was established to support the Pacific Oceans Commissioner, to provide high level representation and advocacy of the Pacific’s ocean priorities at regional and international levels, and coordinate the implementation of the region’s ocean policy frameworks.

“CI believes in the Forum Leader’s Pacific Oceanscape initiative and has worked to support its implementation since its inception,” said Ms Sue Taei, Executive Director of CI’s New Zealand and Pacific Islands Programme.

 “This new CI funding will enable the Commissioner and her staff to better engage in key regional and international ocean forums and help unite the voice of the Pacific Islands region for better management of our ocean.” 

One of the Office’s first tasks under this new funding will be to finalize arrangements for the Pacific Ocean Alliance​, which was launched late last year at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.  

The Alliance seeks to bring together a group of stakeholders that is truly representative of the diverse range of interests in our oceans.  It will provide effective policy coordination and implementation, facilitate regional cooperation for the high seas, and provide support for strengthening national ocean governance and policy processes.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Emmeline Johansen
Senior Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Field Division
Conservation International
Mobile +64 4 277 793 401 
Email: ejohansen@conservation.org

Zubnah Khan
Research Assistant - Communications and Public Relations
Public Affairs Unit
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat 
Phone: (+679) 331 2600 ext 2289
Email: zubnahk@forumsec.org   

Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat: 
Dr Elizabeth Brierley, Oceans Analyst, Mobile +679 739 99 35 Email: elizabethb@forumsec.org 

About the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
The Pacific Islands Forum is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states – Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is based in Suva, Fiji. The Secretariat’s mandate is delivered through the annual Leaders’ Communiqués and high level ministerial meeting decisions. The Forum Secretariat is led by the Secretary General (Dame Meg Taylor of Papua New Guinea) who is directly responsible to the Forum Leaders and to the Forum Officials Committee (FOC). FOC is the Secretariat’s governing body comprising representatives from all Forum members. The Forum Secretariat is also mandated to coordinate the implementation of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

About Conservation International (CI) 
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity for the well-being of people. Founded in 1987, CI is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area and employs more than 800 staff in 30 countries on six continents, and has nearly 1,000 partners around the world. For more information, please visit our website at: www.conservation.org/ or visit us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter​.

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