<li>TEEB and Integration in national development planning </li>
<li>Representative range of marine ecosystems recognized in National Protected Area Systems</li>
<li>”Good Manangement“ in locally managed PAs</li>
<li>Tested concepts and tools known in the region</li>
The project activities include conducting economic evaluations of marine and coastal ecosystems, and incorporating the results into national development plans. A spatial planning approach that covers territorial waters and the exclusive economic zones is to be developed and made available. This will enable the partner countries to gear their national MPA networks to ecological representativity and expand them. The project aims to showcase best practices for the management of MPAs (including payments for environmental services), and to use exemplary areas to demonstrate the ensuing benefits.
Stabilising the reproductive cycles of flora and fauna and ecosystem services in the MPAs will allow species populations to recover and spread beyond the MPA boundaries. This is particularly important for the conservation of a variety of endangered endemic species in the western South Pacific region, but it also benefits deep-sea fishing – an important activity for the Pacific island states – around the protected areas.
The project is scaling up tried and tested concepts and approaches across the Pacific and internationally.