Managing marine and coastal biodiversity in Pacific island states and atolls
02/13 - 07/18
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The objective of this project is to improve the management of the marine and coastal biodiversity of high volcanic islands (Fiji, Solomons, Vanuatu) and flat atolls (Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu). The project will undertake economic analyses of marine and coastal ecosystems (TEEB) in six partner countries as well as regionally (Ocean – TEEB) and incorporate the results into national development planning. It will also spatially expand marine protected area systems, target them towards preserving ecosystems and demonstrate approaches to effective management in pilot areas, including payment for environmental ecosystem services. The project results will be applied in communities across the Pacific through regional organisations. Preserving marine and coastal biodiversity has positive impacts on climate change adaptation, carbon storage and the livelihoods of the population.