The New Zealand-Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification (PPOA) project is a collaborative effort between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific, and the Pacific Community to build resilience to ocean acidification (OA) in Pacific island communities and ecosystems with financial support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the government of the Principality of Monaco. The PPOA project was developed to address needs identified during the 3rd UN Small Island Developing States Conference held in Apia, Samoa in 2014.
NZPPOA project has selected Nanikaai village as its Kiribati pilot site. This was based on the endorsement made by Kiribati Government. Baseline assessment of Nanikaai was completed in March by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development and the results will be shared at the follow up workshop in April.
Tokelau Government has confirmed and selected all its three atolls as the pilot site for the New Zealand Pacific Partnership Ocean Acidification (NZPPOA) project. Various consultations have taken place where the Council of elders ‘Taupulega’ and communities have identified priorities for the project which are coral and coastal replanting, waste management and community awareness just to name a few. Tokelau also have obtained their iSAMI spectrophotometer for ocean acidification monitoring.
1. Research and Monitoring:
- Published a Regional OA Vulnerability Assessment
- Published an OA Vulnerability Assessment of Pelagic Fisheries
- Supporting OA monitoring in the Pacific islands region
2. Capacity Building and Awareness Raising:
- Building capacity of Pacific islanders to understand, monitor, and adapt to OA
- Raising awareness through production and distribution of OA info media
3. Practical Adaptation Actions:
- Pilot sites in Fiji, Kiribati, and Tokelau
- PPOA works with communities to identify and implement stakeholder priorities for practical adaptation actions to enhance community and ecosystem resilience to OA.
- Adaptation actions include:
- Mangrove and seagrass restoration to locally buffer pH
- Coral restoration to enhance reef resilience
- Locally Managed Marine Areas to reduce reef stressors
- Alternative livelihood opportunities to reduce reef fishing pressure and enhance food security
For more information regarding the PPOA project and ocean acidification please contact:
A collaborative effort between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific, and the Pacific Community to build resilience to ocean acidification (OA) in Pacific island communities and ecosystems.