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Ocean Health Network for Samoa
by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Government)
This commitment will establish a coordination mechanism for oceans and marine work known as the Samoa Ocean Health Network, bringing together stakeholders in Government, NGOs, IGOs, Private Sector and the community to share information and advance Samoa's work on ocean conservation and the sustainable management of ocean resources.

The Ocean is a trans-boundary and dynamic resource which affects nearly every aspect of the development agenda in the Pacific. This cross-cutting nature means that there is a large and varied collection of stakeholders from various sectors and levels of ocean development with an interest in how we manage our ocean. Called for by Leaders under the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape, the Pacific Ocean Alliance (POA) was established by Charter in 2014 to bring about strengthened coordination and collaboration across and between the aforementioned stakeholders on cross sectoral ocean issues. The POA is facilitated by the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, and was launched at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa in September 2014. It is an open-ended and voluntary information-sharing and coordination partnership between stakeholders with a genuine interest in the sustainable development, management and conservation of the Pacific Ocean and its resources.

In line with the POA, the Samoa Alliance of Sustainable Ocean Management Initiatives (SAMI) will provide a platform for national stakeholders in Samoa to through a combination of face-to-face meetings a space and common ground to bring together partners such as national government agencies, private sector, academia and research organisations, civil society organisations and communities, who are not currently represented in a coordinated way on ocean issues and regional organizations. SAMI not a decision-making partnership, however, recommendations may stem from partnership discussions that relevant partners may choose to progress and/or implement.

The SAMI provides, amongst other things; a mechanism for inclusive consultation in the development and implementation of policy and programs, provision of technical advice as it relates to the sustainable development, management and conservation of the Ocean. It will be guided by the needs of stakeholders.

POA will continue to facilitate discussions on this issue as the United Nations negotiations on a new implementing agreement on Biodiversity in areas Beyond National Jurisdiction under the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) progress.

Progress reports
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
June 2019
Training of Government and NGO officers on the use of OHI
March 2019
An Ocean/Marine Action Plan for Samoa
October 2017
National Workshop on SDG14 alongside the PIFS Leaders Meeting in Samoa
September 2022
Calculation and release of two core Ocean Health Index Goals for Samoa
Staff / Technical expertise
CI Samoa technical support
Staff / Technical expertise
Government technical assistance
In-kind contribution
Ocean Health Index targeted funding for calculation
In-kind contribution
Private sector support
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 - 2022
Partners
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (Government) Ministry of Natural Environment and Resources (Government) Conservation International (NGO), O le Siosiomaga Society Inc (NGO), Samoa Voyaging Society (NGO), Samoa Conservation Society (NGO), Samoa Hotel Association (NGO) Academic (NUS) Samoa Chamber of Commerce (Private Sector) Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC)(Private Sector)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Tourism Sector, Private Sector, Cultural Sector and others
Contact information
Peseta Noumea Simi, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, noumea@mfat.gov.ws, (685) 21171
Apia, SAMOA
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