Southwest Pacific Regional Workshop, 25-27 February 2013, Brisbane, Australia
On 25-27 February 2013, Australia hosted (in Brisbane) a south-west Pacific workshop of the United Nations Regular Process of global assessment and reporting on the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects (the Regular Process).
The workshop brought together experts from across the region initiating effort towards the production of a regional state of the marine environment assessment, and collating and analysing key oceans-related data. This assessment was explicitly synthetic and built on previous assessments and regional efforts.
The Southwest Pacific workshop supported the practical implementation of the Pacific Oceanscape Framework endorsed by Pacific Island Forum leaders as well as contributing to and enhancing oceans management goals, such as country endorsed targets within the SPREP strategic plan.
Outputs of the workshop include;
- Enhanced dialogue between marine experts within governments, intergovernmental organizations, Civil Society and regional initiatives.
- Development of an inventory of environmental and socio-economic marine assessments for the Southwest Pacific, which will be catalogued and made electronically available.
- Identification of marine assessment capacity-building needs of the Southwest Pacific and the means to address those needs, specifically related to data gathering, collation and maintenance.
- Facilitation of integration of current marine ecosystem assessments in the region.
As the impacts of human activities and climate change are affecting the state of our marine environment, the formulation of sustainable, ecosystem-based policies and measures for oceans and coasts need to be supported by sound scientific assessments of ecosystem condition at national, regional and global scales. The Regular Process is an important mechanism that can build capacity, alongside ongoing efforts, for sustainably assessing the Pacific marine environment.
At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002, States agreed to "establish by 2004 a regular process under the United Nations for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects, both current and foreseeable, building on existing regional assessments" (the "Regular Process").
The final South West Pacific Regular Process report and attachments are below: