IUCN Member News: Pacific Island Leaders Unite

08 September 2011 | News story

On September 7, 2011, leaders of Pacific nations came together at a celebration marking the first anniversary of the Pacific Oceanscape to announce new commitments to the world’s largest government-endorsed ocean initiative.

The Pacific Oceanscape is a collaborative agreement between 15 Pacific Island nations, covering an area four times the size of continental Europe (38.5 million square kilometres), and providing a framework for the integrated management of the Pacific Ocean. The agreement covers ocean health and security; governance; sustainable resource management; increased research and knowledge investment; and facilitating the partnerships and cooperation needed to support the conservation of these vast and essential ecosystems.

Island nations of the Pacific are leading ocean management, and the commitments that countries are making for large scale ocean management are unsurpassed. These include the world’s largest marine protected areas and sanctuaries for whales, dolphins, turtles and sharks.

IUCN member Conservation International is one of the Pacific Oceanscape’s founding partners.