The Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy and the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape

‘Many islands—one ocean’

Authored by: Mary Power , Anama Solofa

Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138788299
eBook ISBN: 9781315765648
Adobe ISBN: 9781317658061

10.4324/9781315765648.ch19

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Abstract

The Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy (PIROP) was approved by Pacific Island Forum leaders 1 in 2002. It underscored the importance of the ocean to Pacific Island nations and communities. PIROP was intended to serve as an overarching framework within which the various actions affecting oceans and coasts in the region could be viewed, to assess progress towards achievement of outcomes desired by the region. The associated Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy Framework for Integrated Strategic Action (PIROF-ISA) set forth both broad initiatives and specific actions that were needed to implement the Regional Ocean Policy. This chapter describes the evolution of the Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy since its endorsement by Pacific Island leaders, as well as the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape as a catalyst for action for PIROP, which was endorsed by Pacific Island Forum leaders in 2010.

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