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GLISPA SAYS THANK YOU for attending #OurOcean2018 High Level Event…

2018 Our Oceans250WBALI, Indonesia — On Tuesday, 30th October 2018 GLISPA co-hosted the High Level Reception OUR OCEAN OF HOPE in the margins of the Indonesian Government’s hosting of Our Ocean Conference 2018. Thanks to President Remengesau of Palau, Vice President Meriton of Seychelles and President Germain of New Caledonia for hosting the event on behalf of GLISPA along with Waitt Foundation, Waitt Institute, Oceans 5 and Rare along with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific.

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This exclusive high level event brought together island and ocean leaders with resilience champions to chart the voyage from Bali in 2018 to Norway this year, and ultimately to Palau (GLISPA Leader) in 2020.

Amongst the speakers, H.E. Peter Thomson highlighted the global context and urgency for action on islands, Norway’s Minister of Fisheries Harald Tom Nesvik outlined their priorities and President Remengesau of Palau shared Palau’s vision for 2020. Brett Jenks of Rare committed to work with Palau and partners to develop a Solution Search for Palau's Our Ocean Conference, focused on identifying the ocean solutions and bright spots we will need for the decade and Dr Kathryn Mengerink of Waitt Institute highlighted Waitt’s ocean activities.

Specific highlights announced during Indonesia’s Our Ocean 2018:

  • See full list of Our Ocean 2018 Commitments:
  • 305 tangible and measurable commitments
  • USD 10,7 billion monetary commitments
  • 14 million km2 of Marine Protected Areas

Highlights from GLISPA Member Commitments at Our Oceans 2018:

  • New GLISPA Member New Caledonia’s President Philippe Germain committed to protecting 200,000 to 400.000 square kms of ocean in the Coral Sea Natural Park (which was established in 2014). The Coral Sea Natural Park is a 1.3 million km2 covering New Caledonia’s entire EEZ. New Caledonia will also jointly create in consultation with neighboring countries by 2020 a regional steering committee together with Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu for a regional management of the Coral Sea which represents 5.000.000 km2. For further information on NEW CALEDONIA’s conservation commitment, refer to the following links (text in French):

  • Waitt Foundation and the U.S. National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) announced the Marine Conservation and Maritime Security Coalition (MCMSC), a sustainable, long-term partnership between the maritime security and ocean conservation communities.
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) committed to:

- Develop 1.3 million hectares of new MPAs and support the effective management of approximately 2.1 million hectares of MPAs in Indonesia and assist Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Indonesia to develop a strategy to improve 20 million hectares of existing MPAs.
- A new USD 25 million, 10 x 10 Initiative for Sharks and Rays which will focus on the following priority areas: protecting species; conserving habitat; managing fisheries; controlling trade; research and engagement. WCS also announced an initiative to raise awareness and reduce plastics in New York City, USD 102 million over 5 years.
- Over the next four years, WCS will invest USD 23 million to reduce threats to climate-resilient coral reef ecosystems, and strengthen the governance, monitoring and policies needed for long-term, lasting protection of coral reefs on a global scale. 

  • Rare committed to mobilize an additional USD 53 million by 2021 in support of sustainable small-scale fisheries and continued implementation of Fish Forever, a community-rights based coastal fisheries management initiative. In Indonesia, Rare will work closely with the Provinces of SE Sulawesi and West Papua to build fisheries management capacity and inspire sustainable fishing practices—supporting 15,000 small scale fisher households to manage 500,000 hectares of coastal fishery toward sustainability. Fish Forever continues implementation in Indonesia, Philippines, Mozambique, Brazil, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. Rare is announcing the expansion of the program to the Mesoamerican Reef and looks forward to working with partners in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Belize. 
  • Conservation International committed or announced to: 

- Raise or leverage at least USD 350 million to help transition seven Seascapes to sustainability in the Philippines, Indonesia, Fiji, the Eastern Tropical Pacific, Brazil, Mexico and Kenya by 2030.
- Blue Halo S’ in partnerships with Government of Indonesia and private sectors — an innovative/blended financing scheme that would generate at least USD 3 millions annually to finance the effective management of the 4.6 million hectares of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) within the Bird’s Head Seascapes (BHS) of the West Papua Province by 2025. 
- Implement best practices for aquaculture governance, focusing on ecosystem-based approaches to incentivize improved fiscal, environmental, and social performance. This will be piloted first in Indonesia for three years, supporting the government’s priorities in sustainable aquaculture and joining private sector commitments to improve the sustainability of the sector. 
- Advance the role of surfing in marine conservation, CI and the Save The Waves Coalition which are committed to: 1. Strengthening the World Surfing Reserve program to create at least five new World Surfing Reserves that protect marine ecosystems in the World’s highest quality surf areas; 2. Developing Surf Protected Area Networks, as a new tool to conserve an estimated one million hectar of marine area globally, starting in Indonesia; 3. Expanding use of Surfonomics, to determine the economic value of surfing waves in at least six countries to help decision-makers pursue conservation of their coasts and surfing ecosystems. 

  • The Global Environment Facility committed:

- USD 50 million to create, expand and improve the effectiveness of over eight million hectares of marine protected areas as part of their new cycle of funding for the next four years. 
- To promote a circular economy approach of closed loop production and consumption. The GEF will invest in public-private partnerships that work along the entire lifecycle of plastic by promoting alternative sustainable materials, rethinking product design toward circularity, raising consumer awareness to create market demand for sustainable products, using technology to improve collection and ensuring efficient recycling that feeds back into material needs. Based on this circular economy approach the GEF commits to reducing 50,000 tonnes of plastic from entering the ocean as part of their recently approved four year funding cycle from 2018-2022. 

  • World Wide Fund announced ‘No More Plastics in our Ocean’, a three year global initiative (USD 7.5 million), funded by the Norwegian Government. The initiative will help to advance a global governance solution to effectively address the scourge of marine plastic pollution. It will also spur public and private sector commitments towards this goal.The initiative targets the governance structure that needs to be put in place to secure widespread policy commitments at the national and global levels to reduce plastic use and leakage and aims to address the major players in the private sector to encourage widespread implementation of extended producer responsibility schemes, and create scalable change at the city level, through the establishment of a Plastic Pollution-Free Cities programme.
  • Ocean Conservancy launched the Trash Free Seas Alliance® to bring diverse stakeholders together with a common goal of a 50% reduction of waste entering the ocean annually by 2025. Alliance members are addressing this problem collectively and within their institutions. The collective Alliance is committing to activities such as: 

- Investing more than USD 100 million into research, incubation, and advancing marine debris prevention, response, and impact mitigation.
- Replacing or avoiding over 500,000 tons of virgin plastic annually used in products and packaging
- Working in over 100 countries and 1,000 cities to advance marine debris and waste management solutions through policy, education, and collaborative initiatives
- Engaging over 3 million people annually in direct action to combat marine debris and raising awareness of marine debris threats to over 1 billion people. 

  • The Nature Conservancy will deploy Blue Bonds in approximately 20 islands and coastal countries in the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands and the Western Indian Ocean during 2018-2028. They will work with each country to use private impact capital to purchase and restructure debt, setting aside a portion of the proceeds to finance ocean protection and build climate resilience.The project will mobilize at least USD 120 million over those 10 years.
  • Coral Vita committed to providing over USD 1.5 million in private capital towards reef restoration over the next two years. The developing revenue streams from eco-tourism and reef restoration that will allow them to outplant over 5,000 resilient corals will be finished by 2020 and outplanting over 5,000 resilient corals by 2020. It also expanding the scale of land-based coral farming to create a commercial facility capable of farming over 100,000 corals by 2021.

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