Marine and Ocean Planning

98% of most Pacific Island Countries is ocean.

This is a valuable resource for those countries (and the world) and a defining feature of Pacific Ocean cultures. However, it is under threat from overuse, misuse, pollution, damaging activities, competing uses and the impacts of climate change. At IUCN Oceania, the Marine Programme aims to support countries moving to address these threats and build sustainable marine resource management systems. 

The Marine Programme is focused on:

  • Supporting countries that are implementing, or interested in implementing, marine spatial planning at various scales
  • Providing a neutral platform for stakeholders to convene around issues of mutual interest
  • Exploring sustainable resourcing and partnerships for Pacific Island Countries’ marine resource management efforts
  • Other aspects of marine resource management as identified by Pacific Island countries
Manono Island, Samoa.Photo: Stuart Chape