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EditPhoto Title:Pacific Oceanscape
EditPhoto Description:Spanning an area four times the size of the United States, the Pacific Oceanscape is enormously important to all our lives.
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Map of the Pacific Oceanscape. © Conservation International

Some 23 Pacific island nations and territories have come together to create the Pacific Oceanscape, a framework to conserve and sustainably manage this vast, shared region of islands and ocean for generations to come.

This commitment represents a sea change in ocean conservation — one that will help provide food and livelihoods for people in the region and around the world.

Why is the Pacific Oceanscape important?

Food We Eat

The Pacific Oceanscape is home to the world’s largest remaining healthy stocks of tuna. In fact, the region’s proportion of the global tuna catch is valued at more than US$ 2.4 billion. The area is also home to other species — including coral reef fish, seaweeds and shellfish — that are vital sources of food for islanders.

Climate Stability

Oceans store the majority of the carbon on Earth, which gives them a critical role in regulating the global climate. In fact, the Pacific Oceanscape is home to mangroves, seagrasses and salt marsh habitats that are among the most efficient carbon sinks on the planet.

Jobs and Prosperity

In the Pacific Oceanscape, a vast majority of the population lives within 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the coast — and their livelihoods depend on the sea. The tuna industry alone provides more than 13,000 jobs to Pacific Islanders and contributes US$ 260 million to the region’s economy.

Joy and Inspiration

Serenity. Beauty. Delight. The area covered by the Pacific Oceanscape can bring us these gifts. It boasts recreational activities ranging from fishing and diving to whale watching, boating and more. The region is also home to iconic marine life, such as whales, dolphins, turtles, sharks and seabirds that have cultural and economic value around the world.

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EditResult value:75%
EditResult field:fisheries unable to meet needs
EditText:Overfishing
Overfishing is increasingly a threat. Projections indicate that bigeye tuna stocks will soon be overexploited, and there are increasing calls for restricting the fishing of other tuna species. If business continues as usual, as many as 75% of the region’s coastal fisheries could be unable to meet local food needs by 2030.

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    EditResult value:30%
    EditResult field:of carbon absorbed by oceans
    EditText:Ocean acidification
    The sea absorbs 30% of the planet’s carbon. As CO2 levels in the atmosphere rise due to human activity, the ocean becomes more acidic, causing some coral reefs to die. Their damage and loss, from both sea level rise and ocean acidification, threaten all island nations in the region.

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    EditResult value:7.5-foot
    EditResult field:increase in sea level
    EditText:Climate change
    Low-lying Pacific island nations contribute little to greenhouse gas emissions, but they’re highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change — warming temperatures, ocean acidification and, especially, sea rise. For every 1°C (1.8°F) increase in temperature, we will eventually see a 2.3-meter (7.5-foot) rise in sea level.

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    EditResult value:30,000
    EditResult field:islands and islets at risk
    EditText:Habitat destruction
    The Pacific Oceanscape’s 30,000 islands and islets, and its vast area of ocean, are home to some of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems. But overfishing, destructive development, invasive species and extensive logging and mining all threaten to unsettle nature’s longstanding balance.
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    CI’s solutions

    The Pacific Oceanscape has brought together 23 countries and territories to protect, manage and sustain the Pacific Ocean’s cultural and natural integrity. Comprised of what many consider to be tiny island nations with modest terrestrial areas, these nations have responsibility for 10% of the world’s total ocean surface — an area four times the size of the United States. These are economically important waters, harboring the world’s largest remaining stocks of tuna and providing nearly half of the world’s tuna catch.

    CI works hand in hand with communities and governments across the Pacific Oceanscape to conserve the critical habitats in the region, including islands, coasts and the open ocean. And we recognize that everyone, from village leaders to heads of state, governments to corporations, residents and those far away, all have a stake in protecting this critical area.


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    EditImage Alt Text:Colorful fish and corals in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. © Keith A. Ellenbogen
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    EditCaption Description:As a partner in the design of the Pacific Oceanscape, CI helped create one of the world’s most ambitious conservation initiatives — a framework for the long-term, sustainable management of an ocean larger than the surface of the moon.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Cook Islands beach. © Conservation International/photo by Toby de Jong
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    EditImage Alt Text:A fisherman paddling his boat in New Caledonia. alt="© Conservation International/photo by Lily Clarke
    EditCaption Title:New Caledonia: Home of the World’s Largest Marine Park
    EditCaption Description:The Natural Park of the Coral Sea protects 1.3 million square kilometers (501,930 square miles) of marine ecosystems essential to the southwest Pacific islands’ people, biodiversity and climate resilience.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. © Conservation International/photo by Emmeline Johansen
    EditCaption Title:Innovative Conservation in Micronesia
    EditCaption Description:Life in Micronesia depends on nature — but a rising sea, acidification of the ocean, unsustainable fishing practices and deforestation are threatening important natural resources.
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    EditImage Alt Text:The Sigatoka River entering the ocean, south side of Viti Levu, Fiji. © Conservation International/photo by Russell A. Mittermeier
    EditCaption Title:The Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area
    EditCaption Description:CI works hand in hand with communities and governments across the Pacific Oceanscape to demonstrate, and protect, the critical benefits that nature gives us. Our approach helps to conserve the critical habitats in the region, including islands, coasts and the open ocean. And we recognize that everyone, from village leaders to heads of state, governments to corporations, residents and those far away, all have a stake in protecting this critical area.
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    EditCaption Title:Fostering Regional Cooperation at the Pacific Islands Forum
    EditCaption Description:The Pacific Oceanscape has brought together 23 countries and territories to protect, manage and sustain the Pacific Ocean’s cultural and natural integrity. Through a united vision and approach, they have changed the face of marine conservation, highlighting that, as the ocean knows no bounds, nations must work together across territorial lines to conserve its bounty. By standing together, they have amplified their voice, and the world is being inspired toward action that protects our oceans.
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