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Dialogue on sustainable oceans

Monday 4 November 2019 | Published in Environment


Dialogue on sustainable oceans
Cook Islands pay particular attention to the sustainable management of fisheries. 19110317

A discussion on Cook Islands approaches to international engagement to secure sustainable oceans will be held today.

The dialogue to be held at the Edgewater Resort and Spa will include a panel discussion focused on oceans security, the Blue Economy, Cook Islands’ graduation, and an integrated approach to oceans management.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is holding this event.

In recent years, the Cook Islands has expanded its international engagement on oceans matters. This has been done out of necessity to support government policy and initiatives, including the country’s integrated oceans management framework “Marae Moana” but also to respond to the increasing importance of oceans in global discourse and to address shortcomings in the Cook Islands meeting of international obligations and commitments relateD to oceans.

“The Pacific Ocean that surrounds the Cook Islands and the ocean resources and life within it play a vital role in our economic, social and cultural well-being and identity,” said Foreign Affairs secretary Tepaeru Herrmann.

“Working in partnership with a number of government agencies, the Foreign Affairs and Immigration represent the Cook Islands in regional and global oceans discussions and negotiations to uphold the sovereignty of Cook Islands maritime interests and to contribute to ensuring the successful implementation of international agreements on oceans governance and fisheries management such as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“We pay particular attention to the sustainable management of fisheries.”

Domestically, the Cook Islands has a vibrant oceans discourse and a multitude of active stakeholders in the oceans space.

Marae Moana is a multi-use marine protected park, with a 50 nautical mile exclusion zone around each of the 15 islands, where no large scale commercial fishing or seabed minerals activities are permitted.

These ‘no-take’ areas comprise approximately 16 per cent of our total 2 million square kilometres.

With this declaration, which is bedded in Cook Islands legislation, the country has exceeded global targets of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and

Target 11 of the Aichi Biodiversity Goals to conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas by 2020.

The dialogue will be held from 8.30am-12.30pm.