Pacific Ocean Alliance Launched to Strengthen Collaboration Under the Pacific Oceanscape

9/2/2014

​​New Alliance Will Unite Ocean Interests in a Common Vision to Support Sustainable Development, Management and Conservation of the Pacific Ocean.

​Apia, Samoa – 1 September 2014. Today the Pacific Ocean Alliance was launched bringing together a group of stakeholders that represent the diverse range of ocean interests in the Pacific region. The Alliance was called for by Pacific Leaders to strengthen coordination and collaboration for the effective implementation of regional and national actions under the Pacific Oceanscape Framework. Together, partners will work to enhance the sustainable development, management and conservation of the Pacific Ocean.

Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat said, “The creation of the Pacific Ocean Alliance is an essential step forward in the integrated management of our Pacific Ocean. Only through hearing all perspectives and balancing these interests and needs, can we find a sustainable pathway for ocean development and use that benefits all, and ensures the health of our ocean now and into the future.”

The Alliance was launched at a side event of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States "Our Sea of Islands, Our Livelihoods, Our Oceania – The Pacific Ocean Alliance" hosted by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat together with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme, and Conservation International. 

Partners on this Alliance will include those from Pacific Island governments, regional institutions and organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector with varied interests including cultural, economic, fisheries, extractives, conservation and research.

Sue Miller-Taei, Conservation International's Pacific Island and New Zealand Executive Director said, “Conservation International applauds the creation of this alliance that will facilitate a balanced perspective of all interests and uses of the Pacific Ocean. The pacific people are stewards of the largest ocean on earth, in fact 98% of their region is ocean and this represents many different things for different people. Pacific Leaders have already taken great steps to manage their ocean through the Pacific Oceanscape Framework and the major commitments that have been made to this. The launch of the Pacific Ocean Alliance is yet another example of their global leadership in integrated ocean management and conservation.”

The Pacific Oceanscape Framework is the world’s largest government-endorsed ocean initiative. It is a collaborative agreement between 23 Pacific Island nations and territories covering an area larger than the surface of the moon (40 million km2). Endorsed by the Pacific Islands Forum leaders in 2010, the Oceanscape provides a framework for the integrated conservation management of the Pacific Ocean and Islands, with a focus on ocean health and security; governance; sustainable resource management; research; capacity building, and durable partnerships. 

Palau's Exclusive Economic Zone Sanctuary joined the Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the Marae Moana (Cook Island Marine Park), New Caledonia's Natural Park of the Coral Sea, and Fiji’s Locally Managed Marine Area Network​ in the family of marine managed areas under the framework at last month’s Pacific Islands Forum. This brings the total area managed under the Pacific Oceanscape to a new and grand scale of more than 3.5 million square kilometres–an area larger than the five largest States in the USA combined. Conservation International is the founding NGO partner in this framework and a trusted adviser to these initiatives.

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Emmeline Johansen, Regional Communications Manager, Asia Pacific Field Division, Conservation International 
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