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Protected Areas Working Group (PAWG) of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation

Protected Areas Working Group (PAWG) of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Global Ocean Legacy, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and its partners, is working with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.  Together they are establishing the world’s first generation of great marine parks by securing the designation of large, fully protected reserves. Their efforts have helped to double the amount of safeguarded ocean habitat worldwide.


The PNG-METT: A method for assessing effectiveness in Papua New Guinea’s protected areas, August 2017

In 2015–2017, the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), through its Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA) and with the support of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), organised an evaluation of its protected areas, as part of the process to improve management effectiveness. PNG’s Policy on Protected Areas commits to regular evaluation of management effectiveness and to taking remedial action to improve effectiveness over time. ‘Management effectiveness of Protected Areas will be regularly evaluated on a national basis, and improvements will be put into place based on assessment results.


Tonga - Vava'u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA)

Vava'u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA)

Our mission:

Vava'u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA) is dedicated to the conservation of Vava'u's natural beauty through educational awareness, sustainable development and collaboration.

Taumu'a ngaue:

Ko e Malu'i pe Tauhi ko ia 'o e 'Atakai 'o Vava'u pe koe VEPA 'oku nau ngaue ki hono tauhi 'o e faka'ofo'ofa mo e ma'a 'o Vava'u 'i he fakahoko 'o e ngaahi ako ki he ngaahi founga hono tokanga'i, feinga ke fakalakalaka, pea mo e fengaue'aki fakataha foki 'a e ngaahi kautaha kotoa pe ki he ngaahi ngaue 'oku fiema'u ke fakahoko.

 


UNEP Regional Seas Programme

The Regional Seas Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment, by engaging neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to p


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

United Nations to Develop New Marine Biodiversity Treaty for the High Seas and Beyond

In June, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly issued a resolution calling for the development of an international legally-binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction


United States of America - NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Marine Protected Area Center

The National Marine Protected Area Center was established in 2000 to lead the development of a national system of marine protected areas in the USA, as called for in Executive Order 13158.  The MPA Center is a partnership between NOAA and the Department of the Interior to serve as a resource to all federal, state, territorial and tribal programs responsible for the health of the nation's oceans, and is located within NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.


United States of America - Other Federal Agencies

The U.S. Coast Guard carries out missions to enforce marine protected areas, laws against marine pollution, exclusive economic zones (EEZ; largest EEZ in the world), and to protect marine species.  The United States manages marine reserves as large or larger than those of other nations, including Pacific Island countries and territories.  What can we learn from them?  Marine Protected Areas are increasing in the Pacific.  What resources are required to patrol such vast areas?

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

The Pacific Islands are on the front lines of a variety of worldwide challenges, in particular global climate change and natural disasters. With some areas in the Pacific Islands only 15 feet above sea level, these nations are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, and they are some of the least able to respond. The United States has significant security and trans-border interests in the region, which is home to more than 8.5 million people, major fisheries, coral reefs and important tropical forests.


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

The Pacific Islands are on the front lines of a variety of worldwide challenges, in particular global climate change and natural disasters. With some areas in the Pacific Islands only 15 feet above sea level, these nations are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, and they are some of the least able to respond. The United States has significant security and trans-border interests in the region, which is home to more than 8.5 million people, major fisheries, coral reefs and important tropical forests.


U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Affairs (OES)

OES advances U.S. foreign policy goals in such critical areas as climate change, wildlife trafficking, water, polar issues, oceans policy, infectious diseases, science and technology, and more.


U.S. Department of State - Pacific Regional Environmental Office

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - International Affairs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) International Division works with partners worldwide to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats, and maintain the integrity of ecological processes beyond USA borders, for present and future generations.  Focusing on species, ecosystems, and emerging and cross cutting issues worldwide, USFWS seeks to ensure international cooperation to conserve habitats and endangered species. The Global Branch focuses on international treaties and conventions; partnerships; cross cutting and emerging issues; communications; and grant programs.


Wallis et Futuna - Service de l'Environnement

Wallis et Futuna - Service de l'Environnement


Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) was established by the Convention for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPF Convention) which entered into force on 19 June 2004. The Convention was concluded after six years of negotiation which commenced in 1994. The period between the conclusion of the Convention and its entry into force was taken up by a series of Preparatory Conferences that laid the foundations for the Commission to commence its work.


Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Melanesia

WCS “scientists study what wildlife species need to thrive.  With this knowledge we invest in abating threats to wildlife within their most important strongholds and the corridors that connect them.  We target, large, iconic, wide-ranging species because of their intrinsic value and because they are vital to ecosystem health.  By saving them, we protect all other biodiversity that shelters under their conservation canopy.  Over the past century, WCS has established long-term conservation presence in the last wild places across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, built strong and trusting partnerships, and acquired a depth of knowledge that ensures effective conservation action.


WCS “scientists study what wildlife species need to thrive.  With this knowledge we invest in abating threats to wildlife within their most important strongholds and the corridors that connect them.  We target, large, iconic, wide-ranging species because of their intrinsic value and because they are vital to ecosystem health.  By saving them, we protect all other biodiversity that shelters under their conservation canopy.  Over the past century, WCS has established long-term conservation presence in the last wild places across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, built strong and trusting partnerships, and acquired a depth of knowledge that ensures effective conservation action.


World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)

Explore key datasets maintained by UNEP-WCMC and find conservation statistics for any country or region.


World Database on Protected Areas

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global spatial dataset on marine and terrestrial protected areas available.

Protected areas are internationally recognised as major tools in conserving species and ecosystems. Up to date information on protected areas is essential to enable a wide range of conservation and development activities.


WorldFish Center

The World Fish mission is to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture. We strive to achieve large scale, environmentally sustainable, increases in supply and access to fish at affordable prices for poor consumers in developing countries.


World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR)

Established in 2012, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. It has two technical headquarters (Korea and Spain) which coordinate the network and work together at the global level.


World Ocean Observatory

World Ocean Observatory

World Ocean Observatory is the leading organization advocating for the health and sustainability of the ocean through an accessible worldwide network of communication. Through education, partnership, information exchange, public connection, and relentless communications, W2O is committed to building an expansive global community of Citizens of the Ocean to promote and conserve marine resources for the future of all mankind.

Tune into World Ocean Radio and World Ocean Video!


World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as the central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year round.


WWF South Pacific

Based in Fiji, WWF South Pacific works to ensure that the richness and resilience of the Pacific Island ecosystems are managed and conserved in harmony with the aspirations and sustainable development needs of our people.


Based in Fiji, WWF South Pacific works to ensure that the richness and resilience of the Pacific Island ecosystems are managed and conserved in harmony with the aspirations and sustainable development needs of our people.