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September 12, 2019

The Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP, was today in Samoa to meet with representatives from 21 Pacific Island Nations, New Zealand, the United States, France and the United Kingdom to discuss the key environmental issues facing the region.

How MPAs Safeguard the High Seas

The high seas begin 200 nautical miles from coastal shores, beyond the jurisdiction of any country. Their vast expanse and distance from shore pose challenges for exploration and knowledge gathering. However, scientific expeditions in recent years have revealed that these areas, which make up nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean, harbor an incredible array of species that provide essential services for life on Earth.

Atolls of the Tropical Pacific Ocean: Wetlands Under Threat

Atolls are small, geographically isolated, resource-poor islands scattered over vast expanses of ocean. There is little potential for modern economic or commercial development, and most Pacific Island atoll countries and communities depend almost entirely on their limited biodiversity inheritances for ecological, economic, and cultural survival in a rapidly globalizing world.