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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

Had any tuna lately? It may well have come from the Pacific Oceanscape, which 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 many coral reef fish, seaweeds and shellfish — that are vital sources of food for island communities.

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. Recent human influence has caused the ocean to absorb additional heat and CO2, which is leading to more extreme climatic events, ocean acidification, declining marine species and rising sea levels.

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 significant cultural and economic value around the world.

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EditText:In the Pacific Oceanscape, overfishing is increasingly a threat. If business continues as usual, as many as 75% of Pacific Island coastal fisheries are projected to be unable to meet local food needs by 2030. Projections indicate that bigeye tuna stocks will soon be overexploited, and there are increasing calls for restricting the fishing of other tuna species. Local and international food security are at risk — as are the economies of island nations that rely on fishing fees for a significant portion of their incomes.

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EditText: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. And if the surrounding waters become too acidic, coral reefs can die. This is incredibly important in the Pacific Oceanscape, as reefs both protect and give rise to islands. Their damage and loss, from both sea level rise and ocean acidification, threaten all island nations in the region — and even the existence of some atoll nations.

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EditText:Imagine your homeland disappearing below the sea. For low-lying Pacific Island nations such as Kiribati and Tuvalu, it’s a real threat. These nations contribute little to greenhouse gas emissions, but they’re highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change — like warming temperatures, ocean acidification and, most of all, sea rise. For every 1°C (1.8°F) increase in temperature, the world will eventually see a 2.3-meter (7.5-foot) increase in sea level.

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EditText: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, unique species and gathering of human cultures. For centuries, these have nourished Pacific Islanders. But today, overfishing, destructive development, invasive species and extensive logging and mining all threaten to unsettle nature’s longstanding balance.
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EditText:The Pacific Oceanscape is comprised of what many consider to be tiny island nations with modest terrestrial areas — but together, these nations are more like large ocean states. In fact, they have responsibility for some 10% of the world’s total ocean surface, or 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. The current total protected area in the Pacific Oceanscape is roughly 1.7 million square kilometers.
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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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EditCaption Title:Marae Moana: Cook Islands Marine Park
EditCaption Description:Where more than 99% of their home is ocean, government and traditional leaders recognize that healthy waters mean healthy people and stable livelihoods.
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EditCaption Title:New Caledonia: Home of the World’s Largest Marine Park
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EditText:Establishing and managing protected areas takes a lot of time and resources. There are significant running costs associated with ensuring that the protected area is effectively protected, that local communities benefit from it and that the value of the protected area is maintained for the long term. CI works to establish financial mechanisms for various protected areas in the Pacific to ensure that they can be maintained and continue to provide for the people who depend on them.
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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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EditText: 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.
READ MORE: The Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area
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EditText: 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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