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.
Updates to voluntary commitment
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