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Global Change and Coral Reef Manavgement Capacity in the Pacific: Engaging Scientists and Policy Makers in Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu and Tonga

Asia Pacific Network CAPaBLE Project concludes

This project  concluded with the submission of our final report in July 2011. The full report is posted on the APN website. 

International Seminar on Islands and Oceans 2011

Ocean Policy Research Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

On September 4-7, 2011 the third and final seminar was held. Hosted by OPRF, SPC-SOPAC and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), the seminar marked the end of a three-year project on Management and Conservation of Islands and their surrounding Ocean Areas. G.R. South and P.A. Skelton provided an Information Paper at the Seminar entitled: Policies for Management and Control of Marine Invasive Species in the Pacific Islands. At the conclusion of the seminar the participants adopted a Statement of Intent focussed on the Pacific Islands region, and this was presented at a press conference held at the Nippon Foundation headquarters in Tokyo.  The Statement will be presented at the Rio+ 20 meetings to be held in Brazil in June 2012.


Evaluation of Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific

The need to place a value on MPAs, as highlighted by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) was the focus of a workshop held in Suva, Fiji from May 26-30, 2008.

In the South Pacific the use of environmental economic valuation for conservation and resource management is not yet well developed, and faces challenges that include the need to take into account the small island context with limited economic options and very specific socio-cultural backgrounds.

The Workshop on Economic Evaluation of MPAs in the Pacific Islands was sponsored by the Coral Reef Initiative for the South Pacific (CRISP) in collaboration with IUCN Oceania. Prof Robin South, IOI (Australia) and Dr Vina Ram-Bidesi (IOI-Pacific Islands) were among the 30 invited experts in attendance. The goals of the workshop were to discuss economic valuation adapted to Pacific needs and the development of tools to support investment decisions; to ensure efficient ownership by policy-makers; to increase the effectiveness and utility of economic tools; to identify sources to finance MPAs for managers and decision-makers, and to identify case studies that will be funded by CRISP in the coming year.

Case studies from the South Pacific region were shared, including a joint presentation on the Economic Valuation of the Great Barrier Reef Catchment Areas by Robin South and Clive Wilkinson.

The workshop concluded that baseline studies should be an integral part of the marine managed area creation process, and in assessing its success. The workshop also noted that the cost of doing nothing to protect and restore Pacific marine resources would be very high for local communities. The recommendations included the need for capacity building and raising awareness of local, national and regional decision makers. It was also noted that people should get a clear message on the values and the limitations of economic instruments when applied to the enhancement of marine resources for poverty reduction.

For more information on the outcomes of the workshop contact Eric Clua: ericc@spc.int

Reefs at Risk Revisited - Pacific Islands Workshop

The World Resources Institute in collaboration with the International Coral Reef Action Network hosted a three-day workshop at the University of the South Pacific, Suva from March 16-18 2009. The workshop brought together 32 representatives from local and regional organisations in the Pacific. The goals were to gather information on the Pacific Region to be included in a new Reefs at Risk publication in 2010. The workshop concluded that the significant threats to reefs in the Pacific region include: over fishing, illegal, unmanaged and destructive fishing; land-based threats such as agriculture, piggeries, mining and logging; marine-based threats including tourism, coastal engineering and urban growth; invasive species, climate change, over-population, disease, predation, military activities, and loss of traditional management practices.

Watch out for this publication in mid-2010!

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