The Ocean Health Network for Samoa has officially been registered by the Government of Samoa as a voluntary commitment towards the Ocean Conference in New York next week.
The commitment is done in partnership with Conservation International and assists in the advancement of ocean coordination in Samoa.
Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations and others - that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Any voluntary commitments made within the framework of the 2030 Agenda targeting SDG 14 are registered.
“This voluntary commitment by Samoa demonstrates yet again the progress Samoa has made on ocean issues and the continued desire by Conservation International to support the work of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,” said Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Ocean Health Index Manager for the Pacific.
The commitment establishes a coordination mechanism for oceans and marine work known as the Samoa Ocean Health Network, bringing together stakeholders in Government, Non-Government Organizations, IGOs, Private Sector and the community to share information and advance Samoa's work on ocean conservation and the sustainable management of ocean resources.
Lagipoiva said: “The voluntary commitment falls under SDG 14, Life Below Water, and specifically 14.a on the increase of scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account existing guidelines in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries.”
The Ocean is a trans-boundary and dynamic resource which affects nearly every aspect of the development agenda in the Pacific. This cross-cutting nature means that there is a large and varied collection of stakeholders from various sectors and levels of ocean development with an interest in how we manage our ocean. Called for by Leaders under the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscapes, the Pacific Ocean Alliance (POA) was established by Charter in 2014 to bring about strengthened coordination and collaboration across and between the stakeholders on cross sectoral ocean issues.
Samoas commitment on the Ocean Health Network reaffirms the aims of the Pacific Oceanscapes.
Conservation International is supporting the Government of Samoa through technical and advisory support on ocean issues leading up to and at the Conference.
[Photo by Jordan Kwan of Vaimasenu'u Zita Martell, the first female captain of a traditional paddling club in Samoa]