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Palau President Calls For Global Marine Sanctuary Network at UN Oceans’ Conference

8th June 2017

The inaugural large scale United Nations Oceans’ Conference is being held in New York this week to coincide with World Oceans Day (Thursday 8 June 2017). The conference titled: Our oceans our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, will aim to reverse the decline in the health of our oceans for people, planet and prosperity.

The high level of participation reflects the importance of the conference topic. More than 5,000 participants are attending the conference, including 7 prime ministers, 8 heads of state and 77 ministers.

During the opening speeches many island nation’s representatives stressed their connection to the ocean and their reliance on it as a vital resource. Most appealed for help during the conference, however one nation stood apart, the Republic of Palau.

Palau is a forerunner in conserving their marine territory. Two years ago Palau officially created the Palau National Marine Sanctuary and designated almost 500,000 square kilometres, or 80%, of its maritime territory as a fully protected marine reserve. This vast area is a no-take zone where mining is also prohibited. At the time, Palau President Tommy Remengesau¬†Jr. said the decision was essential to conserving the island’s livelihood: “Island communities have been among the hardest hit by the threats facing the ocean. Creating this sanctuary is a bold move that the people of Palau recognise as essential to our survival.” President Remengesau appealed to conference attendees to commit to protecting 30% of the oceans by 2030 under a Global Marine Sanctuary Network.

Remengesau’s decisions have reaped phenomenal rewards for Palau, both economically and environmentally. For scuba divers, the abundance and diverse marine life result in Palau being a diver’s dream liveaboard location.

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