Pacific Mangroves Initiative
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The Pacific Mangroves Initiative (PMI) is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment and action for sustainable mangrove futures in the Pacific Islands.

Implementation methodologies

PMI began in 2009 with the mission to assist Pacific Island countries and territories to implement sound practices and capacity building in mangrove management. The initiative also aims to raise awareness on the value of coastal ecosystem goods and services and build capacity at all levels to aid local governments make informed decisions. The initiative looks upon mangroves as the flagship ecosystem in an integrated approach to coastal ecosystem management.Key areas of focus of PMI are:- Scientific baseline data collection- mapping- Economic valuation of ecosystem goods and services- Communication and awareness- Policy and legislation- Information and research- Conservation and sustainable management- Coordination and implementationThe goals of PMI are being delivered through two regional mangrove projects:1. MESCAL, Mangrove Ecosystem for Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods project - implemented in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.2. MARSH, Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably-Managed Forest project - implemented in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Through the projects implemented thus far, community and government personnel have received training in different methodologies for above ground and below ground carbon assessment, faunal and floral inventories, mapping, shoreline health assessments, economic assessments and country teams have the appropriate field equipment and skill sets for continuing the work.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Oversight of the PMI is via the PMI Steering Committee which meets annually and is co-chaired by SPREP and IUCN Oceania and comprises institutional partners and country representatives. The PMI Steering Committee is the decision-making body that sets policies, determines budgetary allocation to different cost centres (secretariat, and national projects, regional projects) adopting a transparent, open and accountable decision-making process.


Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, WWF-SPPO, the United Nations Development Programme, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga
Revised national Mangrove Management Plan for Fiji
Mangrove maps for Tongatapu and Vavau in Tonga
First ever economic valuation of mangrove goods and services for Samoa
Legal registration of mangrove taboo area in Vanuatu
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
3,000,000 USD
Financing (in USD)
3,000,000 USD
Other, please specify
For the MESCAL project, BMUB provided 2.3million Euros and for the MARSH project, USAID provided 7.5 million dollars
Staff / Technical expertise
IUCN and its partners provided the technical expertise.
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: Ongoing
Contact information/focal point(s)
Lilian Sauni, Lilian.Sauni@iucn.org

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