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Cooperation to manage the marine area of the central and west Pacific

Regional And International Experts Are Meeting In Suva, Fiji From The 25th To the 28th Of November 2013

22/11/2013

In how far are the diversity of marine species and ecosystems taken into account in national development planning? Are maritime activities such as tourism, shipping, fishing, or mineral extraction affecting each other and are they compatible with marine conservation? What are potential future scenarios and how will they affect local communities that are strongly dependant on marine resources?

Marine Spatial Planning is central to the workshop from November 26th to 28th:

The objective of the upcoming Regional Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) workshop is to consider ways to answer these questions in plenary and working group sessions.

During a final joint workshop day the MSP workshop participants will meet participants of parallel meetings focusing on the Convention on Biodiversity and the World Heritage Convention, that will also be held on the Campus of the University of the South Pacific in Suva.

A wide range of national and regional partners are aiming to support the Governments of Pacific Island Countries in their efforts toward marine spatial planning and aim to develop a mechanism for aligning their efforts. Planning will assist decision-makers in elaboration of a strategy or action plans through the design of a set of future scenario in a participatory process. Although marine spatial planning is rapidly gaining international recognition for its important contribution to the sustainable management of our oceans, it has rarely been applied in regard to regional initiatives.

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