The Pacific Islands: Dynamics of Regional Cooperation on Oceans and Coasts

This chapter describes how the region of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) faces considerable economic challenges, although in recent years the concepts of responsible economic growth and sustainable development are being embraced. The PICs are frequently used as a model of regional cooperation within the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Regional Seas Program. For almost 60 years, the region has demonstrated the unequivocal advantages of regional cooperation. Since the establishment in 1947 of the South Pacific Commission, a number of intergovernmental bodies have been setup through various regional conventions and agreements and in response to global activities. These are generally apolitical and use a consensus approach to decision making (or the “Pacific Way”). Various regionally endorsed action plans provide member countries with guidance on the development of their own national policies. A holistic approach has been taken with respect to international waters issues through the Strategic Action Plan for International Waters of the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP), and for ocean governance, with the adoption of the Regional Oceans Policy in 2002 and the development of a Framework for Integrated Strategic Action in 2004. Whereas regionalism has not been without problems, it has given a larger voice to the small countries and has accommodated their growing statutes as independent nations. The failures of regionalization are certainly outweighed by the successes.

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  • Authors:
    • South, G Robin
    • Low, John
  • Publication Date: 2008-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 563-595
  • Monograph Title: Securing the Oceans. Essays on Ocean Governance. Global and Regional Perspectives

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  • Accession Number: 01142602
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789718120224
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 2009 9:23AM