March 24, 2023

Protecting the world’s ocean: Pacific Youth geared up for IMPAC5!

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Young people play important leadership roles in ocean conservation and the protection of marine areas. From the IUCN Congress in Marseilles to the more recent United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal, young professionals are mobilising and taking action to protect the world’s oceans.

At the beginning of the month, Young people made up approximately one-third of all participants at the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5). Their perspectives are helping shape the thematic discussions that took place at the Congress. IMPAC5 aimed to provide an opportunity for the global community of marine conservation managers, practitioners, and decision-makers to exchange knowledge, experience, and best practices to strengthen marine biodiversity conservation and protect the ocean’s natural and cultural heritage.

Six individuals from the Pacific (Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Cook Islands and Fiji) participated in IMPAC5 through financial support from the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme, the IMPAC1 Organising Committee, IUCN Oceania and Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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The World Ocean Summit celebrates its tenth anniversary this month from February 27th to March 1st in Lisbon. As the Summit returns to an in-person event, the three-day programme welcomes more than 180 speakers and 1,500 attendees who will examine the greatest challenges facing the ocean: climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Speakers and delegates from conservation, finance, shipping, fishing and aquaculture, tourism and renewable energy will provide a diversity of perspectives and expertise to enrich worldwide organisations. 

The Island Innovation team, represented by James Ellsmoor, CEO of Island Innovation, will also be on the ground at the World Ocean Summit. If you’re a stakeholder in the sector and you’re interested in joining the Summit & Expo, you can register here with this 20% discount code: IslandInnovation20.
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    This week’s highlights

India’s Tribal Land: Can Both Development & Conservation Be Andaman’s Priority?

Whereas, besides proposals for the ‘opening up’ space for upgrading fisheries, tourism (including eco-friendly), connectivity, energy (renewable) requirements, submarine optical fiber cable, waste management, education, health, IT, India’s first seaplane etc, one also to concurrently table the economic and geopolitical (emerging Chinese threat) concerns, concurrently. 

Development projects cannot be bereft of human sensitivity and history – postures of muscularity may yield electoral harvest for politicians, but every life matters.
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St Kitts and Nevis to become ‘role model for other Commonwealth countries’ with National Sport Policy

The Caribbean nation recently began pushing forward with the implementation of the National Sports Policy and Strategic Plan 2022-2026, which seeks to enhance citizens involvement in sports and physical activity, expand the role and influence of sports across various sectors, and foster the professional development of athletes. 

It also outlines the obligations of public and private sector stakeholders to work together to utilise sport as an effective tool for sustainable development, peace-building and improving health outcomes.
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Other island stories

↪ Developing a local film industry—local filmmakers discuss the film culture in Antigua and Barbuda

 ↪ Lessons for the World from the “Islands of the Moon” – Comoros: Opportunity, Ambition and Scale Up  

↪ Failed mangrove tourism project in Sumatra highlights need for community collaboration 

↪ Pacific Island Nations Demonstrate Respect In Face of Adversity

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