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Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape


The Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape was designed to catalyse action in support of the Pacific Islands Regional Oceans Policy (PIROP), to protect, manage and sustain the cultural and natural integrity of the ocean for present and future generations and for the broader global community. The overall intent of the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape is to foster stewardship at all levels “…to ensure in perpetuity the health and wellbeing of our oceans and ourselves”.

The Pacific Oceanscape was conceived by His Excellency Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, in early 2009 and the concept was endorsed by Pacific Islands Forum leaders at their 40th Meeting in August 2009:

“Leaders welcomed the Pacific Oceanscape concept and its companion Pacific Ocean Arc initiative tabled by Kiribati aimed at increasing marine protected area investment, learning and networking. Leaders tasked the Secretariat, together with relevant CROP agencies and key partners, to develop a framework for the Pacific Oceanscape, drawing on the Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy, as a priority area for attention under the Pacific Plan.”

The ensuing Framework endorsed by leaders in 2010 looks to address six strategic priorities identified for immediate implementation, namely:


• establishing ‘jurisdictional rights and responsibilities’,
• fostering ‘good ocean governance’,
• supporting ‘sustainable development, management and conservation’,
• promoting ‘listening, learning, liaising and leading’,
• sustaining action, and
• facilitating adaptation to a rapidly changing environment.


The Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape fosters an holistic approach which aims to support and build on national commitments, regional partnerships and on collaboration and leadership.

In early 2016, the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, in consultation with the Pacific Ocean Alliance, developed a Results Framework to guide evaluation of the region’s progress toward implementation of the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape.

The first evaluation of the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape was completed by mid-2016 and submitted to Leaders at the 47th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting in September.  The four        page report card and full background report can be accessed below.

The indicators and Results Framework are currently under review in anticipation of the 2017 evaluation.  Consultations will be made with the Pacific Ocean Alliance in the first quarter of 2017.

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