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Pacific Blue Economy Conference
by Pacific Islands Development Forum (Intergovernmental organization)
1.The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), jointly with the government of Solomon Islands, will host the 1st high level Pacific Blue Economy Conference (PBEC) on 23 and 24 August 2017 in Honiara, Solomon Islands, promoting Healthy Oceans with the theme ‘Our Oceans , our Future: A Pacific Perspective’.

This Forum will improve ocean knowledge, planning, measuring and restoring, and inform policies and sustainable management and conservation of our Oceans and its resources for the people of the Pacific Islands. It will also look at fostering private and public partnerships and promoting key sustainable maritime sectors like renewable energy, aquaculture, tourism and Blue biotechnology, providing adequate tools of financing and improving cooperation between countries, but also between stakeholders at the local level.

2.Rationale
While oceans play a key role in everyones lives, Oceans are central to the sustainable development and the poverty eradication of Pacific Islands. The Ocean brings great wealth with only a small fraction of that wealth already translated into economic terms. In addition to the present economic prospects, the ocean provides inherent supporting, regulating, and socio-cultural ecosystem services. But Oceans should remain healthy, safe and sustainably managed. Issues and challenges, from collapsing fisheries to plastic pollution, including climate change impacts like ocean warming and ocean acidification, threaten the integrity of marine ecosystems and the subsistence of Pacific people.

The Blue Economy opens to a new area of opportunities for the Pacific Big Ocean States. It can be transformational at local and national levels. While a lot of attention is given to economic, social and environmental sustainability aspects of the blue economy, more should address specifically to clean technologies, renewable energy and circular material. In addition, central aspects of the blue economy such as innovation and job creation may require further attention.

3. Goal and Objectives
The overall goal of the Conference is to provide a knowledge platform on the blue economy for the Pacific Islands and explore lessons learned, innovations and emerging industries based on ocean resources.
Other Objectives include:
To inform Pacific senior officials and stakeholders on emerging ocean resources management issues and opportunities and assist the Pacific in defining the blue economy concept.
To support the Pacific by debating the complex issues surrounding the blue economy.
To facilitate exchange of experiences, lessons learned and good practices in the region and other parts of the globe on the concept of blue growth and the blue economy that are adapted and aligned with Pacific Islands perspectives, priorities and solutions.

More specifically, the objectives of The Pacific Blue Economy Conference will be to use the outcomes of the UN Conference on SDG 14 to provide an interactive and multi-sectorial platform for the Governments, Private Sectors and the Civil Societies to deliver:

i. a Roadmap for mainstreaming blue Economies in the Pacific.
ii. the Honiara Declaration on Ocean and Climate Change.
Updates to voluntary commitment
14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
14.3
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
  • Terrestrial carbon sinks
  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
  • Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
14.7
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
  • Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
  • Economic benefits from sustainable transport
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
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
August 2017
Honiara Declaration on Ocean and Climate Change
June 2018
Roadmap for mainstreaming blue economies in the Pacific
In-kind contribution
GLISPA and other partners
Staff / Technical expertise
Pacific Islands Development Forum and other partners
Updates
#OceanAction17370
Basic information
Time-frame: August 2017 - December 2018
Partners
Lead: Pacific Islands Development Forum The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)- Partnership University of the South Pacific (USP) - Academic Institute International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)- Non-governmental organization (NGO) World Wildlife Fund ( WWF ) - Non-governmental organization (NGO) United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) United Nations System Conservation International - Non-governmental organization (NGO) Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network Non-governmental organization (NGO) The Pacific Island Climate Action Network (PICAN)- Non-governmental organization (NGO) Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Fiji
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nauru
Solomon Islands
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Other beneficaries
With the multi stakeholder membership of the Pacific Island Development Forum, the other beneficiaries are Tokelau, PIPSO (Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation) and PIANGO (Pacific Islands Association of NGOs) and their respective members:
Contact information
Arpana Pratap, Team Leader Member Capacity, apratap@pacificidf.org, 679 9907896
56 Domain Road, Suva, Republic of Fiji
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