Niue walking the talk on protecting 100% of its Ocean space


New EEZ-wide legislation will sustain 100% of Niue’s marine environment through a holistic approach to  marine conservation, sustainable development and effective management in line with Niuean traditions  and ocean use. Building important resilience to the growing impacts of climate change, pollution and  extraction while raising the next generation of responsible ocean warriors.

13 April 2022 – Alofi, Niue – The Government and people of Niue, in collaboration with Tofia Niue
through the Niue Ocean Wide (NOW) public private partnership, today announced bold new marine
legislation passed in November 2021, that will ensure sustainable use across its entire EEZ and
sovereign waters (317,500 square kilometers) while also contributing to the global environment, climate  action and key sustainable development goals.

The Niue Nukutuluea Multiple-Use Marine Park safeguards 100 percent of its Exclusive Economic Zone  (EEZ and Territorial seas), building on legislation passed in 2020 to fully protect 40 percent as a no-take  Large Scale Marine Protected Area (Niue Mona Mahu). These efforts are a culmination of collective efforts  over the last 6 years, including scientific assessment, community consultation, and cost benefit analysis, and inspired by a baseline of over 1000 years of traditional knowledge, practice and respect for our ocean.

Niue now exceeds global conservation ambition and responsibilities identified in the relevant UN  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), Climate Change Convention and Paris Agreement, and supports the realisation ofregional sustainable conservation and blue economy  aspirations as espoused in the 2050 Strategy for a Blue Pacific Continent and Pacific Oceanscape

Framework. Niue continues to call on all stakeholders around the globe to ’walk the talk’ in contributing to real ocean conservation – including individuals, businesses, corporations, philanthropy and  Governments.

The decision reflects Niue’s ancestral tradition of taking only what is needed from the ocean to sustain  life and ensure continued abundance for future generations. It also underpins the centrality of sustainable and responsible tourism that has been a significant part of Niue’s sustainable development agenda and economy over the last decade. And ultimately, it helps to respond to the reality of unprecedented global pressure on our ocean from climate change, pollution and extractive industry.

Niue’s EEZ-wide action prioritises sustainability and optimising value and benefits to the people of Niuethrough global best practices in marine spatial planning and five tightly managed marine resource use zones across its oceanscape. The value of Niue’s ocean space under such a management regime is multifaceted. It delivers significant benefits at the global, regional and country-level across a range of dimensions – including ecosystem services, biodiversity protection and uptake, climate change action, socio-economic outcomes and resilient livelihoods. Investing in the longevity of this ‘ large blueconservation asset’ stands to benefit everyone, and as such, everyone is invited to help maintain this shared endowment in perpetuity.

With the EEZ-wide management plan in place, the NOW partnership, with support from Oceans 5,
National Geographic Pristine Seas, Blue Nature Alliance, and other partners, is focused on building local technical support to implement the marine park and pioneering an innovative country lead sustainable financing mechanism. This includes establishing Niue’s first conservation trust fund and an innovative instrument to capitalise on the fund to allow all stakeholders to contribute and participate in this ocean conservation effort. Niue intends to launch the Trust and call for capitalisation at the UN

Oceans Conference in June 2022; watch this space!

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