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Celebrating island biodiversity achievements in the Pacific : case studies from the Regional GEF-PAS Integrated Island Biodiversity Project

This inspiring collection of case studies tells the story of how four Pacific island countries are managing their island biodiversity in an integrated manner through the assistance of the UNEP Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEF-PAS) project. This project has created a lasting legacy for others to scale up and replicate as we continue to work together as a region to protect and sustainably use our island biodiversity to sustain environmental, economic and human well-being of our Pacific peoples well into the future.

Cook Islands - Marae Moana becomes reality

The Cook Islands is now the largest multi-use marine park in the world. Marae Moana –  spanning a total ocean area of nearly two million square kilometres – became a reality on Tuesday this week.

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Cook Islands - ban on commercial fishing in 50-nm zones around islands

Last month, the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands officially designated a 50-nautical mile buffer zone around its islands in which all commercial fishing is now off-limits. All together, the buffer zones total an area of more than 300,000 km2. Prior to the move, longline fishing had been allowed in waters beyond 12 nm of the islands, and purse seining had been allowed in waters beyond 24 nm.

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