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Ocean governance in the South Pacific region: progress and plans for action

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-19, 02:04 authored by Joanna VinceJoanna Vince, Brierley, E, Stevenson, S, Dunstan, P
The Pacific Island Regional Ocean Policy (PIROP), which was released in 2002, provided the framework for ocean governance in the Pacific region. Since then there have been a myriad of policy documents and institutional arrangements that have been developed to address ocean governance issues, however, little progress has occurred with regard to the actual implementation of PIROP. This paper examines the region's progress in establishing integrated oceans management, and how this fits with the use of marine spatial planning and area based management tools, such as marine protected areas. It argues that policy making in this region encounters the usual difficulties with integrated policy approaches experienced elsewhere but that these difficulties are further accentuated when applied to developing nations that are highly dependent on external support. It suggests a way forward for the future with development of action plans, implementation and the practical application of those plans including a regional contextualisation/analysis of progress against regional objectives.


Publication title

Marine Policy








School of Social Sciences


Elsevier Sci Ltd

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Socio-economic Objectives

Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems