Seascapes Planning in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea: A Guidance Document

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Butler, James; Peterson, Nate; Wise, Russ; Apeils, Cosmas; Masike-Liri, Barbara; Meharg, Seona; Bohensky, Erin; Vaghelo, Desmond; Paisparea, Florence; Lipsett-Moore, Geoff; Skewes, Tim; Hayes, Donna; Fischer, Mibu; Dunstan, Piers; Suruman, Bernard


2018-06-01


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The objective of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) is to ‘achieve conservation of marine biodiversity and food security through sustainable resource management’. Goal 1 of the CTI is ‘to designate and effectively manage priority Seascapes'. Seascapes are large, multiple-use marine areas, defined scientifically and strategically, in which government authorities, private organisations, and other stakeholders cooperate to conserve the diversity and abundance of marine life and to promote human well-being. Priority Seascapes have high biodiversity values and socio-cultural or economic values, and existing or potential conflicts between them. While much has been achieved to define and delineate Seascapes amongst the CTI partners, there are few examples of how to implement Seascapes management. In 2015-2017 the Australian Government funded a collaborative program, Building Capacity for Sustainable and Responsible Development in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea (PNG), which aims to provide a demonstration site for Seascapes practice. The program is a collaboration between PNG’s Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA), the East New Britain (ENB) and West New Britain (WNB) Provincial Administrations, The Nature Conservancy, and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). CEPA has identified the Bismarck Sea as a priority Seascape, because it holds globally-important marine biodiversity, and there are many opportunities for seabed mining, fisheries, coastal commercial agriculture and tourism which, if developed without adequate foresight, could impact upon future livelihood and conservation objectives and values of the region. Kimbe Bay, in WNB, is also the focus of an internationally-recognised network of Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs). This Guidance Document outlines the approach taken to implementing Seascapes practice in the Bismarck Sea. It is intended to provide a step-by-step guide for Seascapes management, and is targeted at provincial administrations in the Bismarck Sea and PNG more broadly, PNG Government ministries and agencies, national and international NGOs and donors, and other CTI partner countries and stakeholders. Although Seascapes differ in their local contexts, we suggest that the principles, processes and tools developed by this program are transferrable to other locations. This document presents our initial approach, which will be iteratively tested and refined in the Bismarck Sea. We invite other Seascapes to test this approach, so that CTI partners can collectively learn and improve Seascapes practice across the Coral Triangle region.


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Butler, James; Peterson, Nate; Wise, Russ; Apeils, Cosmas; Masike-Liri, Barbara; Meharg, Seona; Bohensky, Erin; Vaghelo, Desmond; Paisparea, Florence; Lipsett-Moore, Geoff; Skewes, Tim; Hayes, Donna; Fischer, Mibu; Dunstan, Piers; Suruman, Bernard. Seascapes Planning in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea: A Guidance Document. CSIRO/TNC: The Nature Conservancy; 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/86950?index=1



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