Small islands - Great commitments!
14 September 2012
During three days from 28 to 30 August 2012, 16 Small Island countries came together for the 43rd Pacific Island Forum and made some of the largest ocean commitments in history towards the sustainable management of their marine resources.
The most important announcement came from the host country, the Cook Islands that unveiled a new marine park. At 386,000 square miles, it is half of the nation's territory, and the largest marine park in the world.
Such a marine park is even more incredible when you consider the relative scale of the commitment; the Cook Islands have a population of only 15,000 people, but an exclusive economic zone half the size of India. A country setting aside half of their sovereign territory for conservation and sustainable development is an unprecedented event.
Two years ago, the forum leaders unanimously agreed upon the concept of the Pacific Oceanscape, an unprecedented collaborative initiative to manage their ocean resources encompassing nearly 40 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean.
The Pacific people are counting on developed nations to come together to reverse the threats of climate change and rising seas, which are already impacting these low-lying islands; so do we !
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