Marine Spatial Planning in Pacific Island Countries

09 August 2017

picture showing attendees of the workshop posing for a group photo

Participants in a marine spatial planning
workshop in Fiji.

The natural resources in marine and coastal areas not only play a significant role in the cash economies of the Pacific island states, they also dominate the population's nutritional and cultural resources.

Nonetheless, the need to conserve them and use them sustainably has historically not been reflected in national planning processes. Better management of marine and coastal biodiversity will help partner countries to reach their targets for 2020 as part of the strategic plan for implementation of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Jonah Sullivan recently returned from the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in Fiji, implementing the MACBIO Project in Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Jonah previously worked in the Elevation Team in the National Location Information Branch (NLIB), and can now be found in the Maritime Jurisdiction Advice team of NLIB. Jonah has also worked at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and the US Geological Survey.

This talk is presented as part of the Wednesday Seminar Series.

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Date: 09 August 2017
Time: 11.00am
Location: Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia
Cost/bookings: Free, No bookings required
Audience: General
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