Marine Atlas: Maximizing Benefits for Vanuatu

MANAGING The marine and coastal ecosystems of Vanuatu’s waters provide benefits for people in and beyond Vanuatu. To better understand and improve the effective management of these values on the ground, Pacific Island countries, including Vanuatu, are increasingly building institutional and personal capacities for planning and management.

grounds. In addition, Vanuatu has made strong national commitments to effectively manage its marine resources, which are embedded in region- al and international efforts and commitments, such as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the United Nations Oceans Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Pa- cific Oceanscape Framework. These management efforts can be effectively supported by marine planning efforts.

To maximize benefits from these marine values for Vanuatu, national and regional stakeholders are working together to document effective approaches to sustainable marine resource management and conservation. This chapter encourages stakehold- ers to share tried and tested concepts and instru- ments more widely throughout the Oceania region.

However, there is no need to reinvent the wheel, as Pacific Islanders possess centuries of traditional management knowledge. Coupled with scientific approaches and lessons learned, this knowledge can strengthen effective management of the re- gion’s rich natural capital. The maps in this chapter showcase marine man- agement in Vanuatu that starts at the local level, based on the management of traditional fishing

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