Description/achievement of initiative
Establishment of the Pacific Ocean Alliance, facilitated by the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, will foster partnerships to provide effective ocean policy coordination and implementation, facilitate regional cooperation for the high seas, as well as support for national ocean governance and policy processes, when required. This should include the context for support and streamlining to achieve national commitments to relevant multi-lateral agreements. Inter-regional cooperation should be developed and fostered Oceanscape Framework.
All partners will contribute resources including in-kind support and assistance, information and data, as well as financial support. Development partners will be encouraged to engage with the POA when exploring options for developing Ocean related programmes in the region to ensure strengthened coordination and informed decisions when allocating resources, and designing and programming activities. Countries will be a part of the POA and will be able to draw from its pool of expertise and information to support their own country level initiatives or to assist with their engagement in regional and international related interests.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The pool of capacity provided by the many partners in the POA can be drawn from by members to support their individual or collective needs. Sharing of experiences and replication of best practice will be encouraged as well as transfer of appropriate technology.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Support to the Pacific Ocean Commissioner has already been established within the PIFS. The Pacific Ocean Alliance will constitute a network of stakeholders who will coordinate, cooperate and collaborate using innovative and cost-effective means, with a meeting of the Alliance called biennially or bi-decadally. Secretariat support to this arrangement could also be provided through the PIFS. This could be underpinned by the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) Marine Sector Working Group at the outset and revisions to this arrangement could be made by a steering committee of partners.Existing successful coordination mechanisms in the region will be considered as models for the governance arrangements of the POA. Some examples of such regional partnerships include the Pacific Climate Change Round Table and Nature Conservancy Round Table where the objectives of the Partnership are set out in a terms of reference and reviewed by a Steering Committee as necessary. This is complemented by thematic working groups and or specific issue task force arrangements established under the partnership focused on key areas of activity and led by agencies/stakeholders mandated across those areas.
PIFS, SPC, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Conservation International [this list will be expanded on and confirmed during consultation phase]