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Phoenix Islands Protected Area: Bring PIPA Home
by The Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) Conservation Trust is proud to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14. Currently the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site, PIPA became fully no-take in 2015, save for a small sustainable fishing zone surrounding Kanton Island (the largest of the 8 islands, and the only inhabited atoll within PIPA). Because the majority of the Kiribati population lives in the other archipelagos (Gilbert and Line Islands), the Bring PIPA Home Initiative was formed to help enable the values of biodiversity and sustainability to be more accessible to the Kiribati public. Conceived only a year ago, the Bring PIPA Home initiative is still in its infancy, but recognizes and commits to advancing the shared priorities of the UN SDG.

We are therefore honored to register the following mutually-aligned commitments:

(1) To scope and guide the establishment of 8 community MPAs in other regions of Kiribati by 2025, consistent with SDG 14.5.
(2) To share lessons-learned from PIPA via workshops and community meetings with contributions by PIPA Personnel, as appropriate and consistent with SDG 14.5 and 14.A.
(3) To support 2 students by 2020 to enter academic degree programs focusing on Kiribati-focused MPAs, PIPA or otherwise, consistent with SDG 14.A.
(4) Recognizing the importance of mangroves, and their natural absence in the Phoenix Islands, we will support mangrove replanting in the Gilbert and Line Islands of Kiribati
(5) To provide support towards the banning of use of single plastic bag
(6) To support coastal clean up with the involvement of Government, private sectors and local communities.
We hope that as a very large MPA, we can use PIPA as a catalyst to inspire new ocean conservation, as well as inspire a new generation of PIPA stewards and scientists with the Bring PIPA Home Initiative.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
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
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
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
  • Research capacity development
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
Fund and support 2 students to enter academic degree programs domestically, or abroad, focusing on Kiribati-focused MPAs, PIPA or otherwise.
The PIPA Trust, the Island Councils, the Ministry of Environment, Land, and Agricultural Development, as well as the Fisheries Division of the Kiribati Government, will work together to identify, communicate, and establish the 8 community MPAs in the Gilbert and Line Islands and host a workshop before 2025 to gather the growing Kiribati MPA network together
Work in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development to support the mangrove planting across the Gilbert and Line Islands of Kiribati.
Support campaign and public awareness on banning the use of plastic shopping bags in Tarawa with a goal of banning all plastic shopping bags by 2025. Work in tandem with the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development to support coastal clean up initiatives.
Staff / Technical expertise
Government Staff will collaborate with Island Councils and local communities, working together to discuss, identify, and establish community MPAs
Other, please specify
Leverage existing and future funding to support time and personnel; Co-financing by the PIPA Trust and the Republic of Kiribati Government will support the degree programs for 2 PIPA students. The Kiribati Government will support the mangrove planting, dr
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 - 2025
Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust * Phoenix Islands Protected Area * Waitt Foundation * Oceans5 * The Government of Kiribati * Local communities * Conservation International * New England Aquarium * Boston University * Scripps Institution of Oceanography *
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Nabuti Mwemwenikarawa and Gregory Stone, Executive Director, and Acting Chair, PIPA Conservation Trust, mnabuti@gmail.com, 686 28225
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