Conservation International's Statement on the Expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Arlington, Va. USA (August 26, 2016)

Peter Seligmann, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Conservation International:

"Conservation International applauds the decision to expand the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to the full 200-nautical-mile limit of U.S. jurisdiction.  

The expansion of Papahanaumokuakea, like the 2014 expansion of the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, compliments recent large-scale marine protected area commitments that have been announced, within the framework of the Pacific Oceanscape, by Palau, Kiribati, New Caledonia, and the Cook Islands.  

All of humanity depends upon healthy oceans. It is with great happiness that we congratulate the people of Hawaii who have long understood this and who have been the driving force for marine conservation in the United States.

Conservation International stands ready to work with the U.S. government, the management agencies, and other partners to promote adequate funding, cultural access, and scientific research to enable successful long-term management of an expanded Papahanaumokuakea."

'Aulani Wilhelm, Senior Vice President, Conservation International's Center for Oceans:

"As a Native Hawaiian, to me the Papahanaumokuakea expansion means a better chance that my children and all future generations will be able to have a relationship with a healthy ocean that they deserve. It will secure our ability to practice our wayfinding traditions in an ocean that's close to what our ancestors knew.

Globally, Papahanaumokuakea has already had tremendous influence in shaping ocean policy and governance, as evidenced by the growing number of large-scale marine protected areas. An expanded Papahanaumokuakea can also demonstrate the potential for effectively managing ocean waters beyond national jurisdictions — the "high seas," which constitute 64 percent of the total global ocean area and 95 percent of its volume.

No matter the amount of ocean that coastal nations place under active management of some kind, the future health of our global oceans would still rest in our ability to ensure adequate management and protection of the ocean areas we hold in common. The lessons learned from an expanded Papahanaumokuakea will offer critical insight into how international bodies and coalitions of nations can begin to do this."


Visit Conservation International's blog for more on the announcement.


About Conservation International

Conservation International (CI) uses an innovative blend of science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and follow our work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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