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Regional: Stocktaking Study for Benchmarking Sustainable Management of Exclusive Economic Zones in the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53369-001 Status: Active

The TA is aligned with the following impact: sustainable use of the Pacific Ocean and its resources by Pacific islands countries and external partners ensured, as well as ADB's Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies, ADB's Oceans Financing Initiative, and ADB's Pacific Approach, 2016-2020. The TA will have the following outcome: Pacific DMCs' understanding of sustainable EEZ management enhanced.

Project Details

Project Officer
Uusimaa, Hanna K. Pacific Department Request for information
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  • Regional
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Stocktaking Study for Benchmarking Sustainable Management of Exclusive Economic Zones in the Pacific
Project Number 53369-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9907-REG: Stocktaking Study for Benchmarking Sustainable Management of Exclusive Economic Zones in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
TA: Stocktaking Study for Benchmarking Sustainable Management of Exclusive Economic Zones in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Fishery

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA is aligned with the following impact: sustainable use of the Pacific Ocean and its resources by Pacific islands countries and external partners ensured, as well as ADB's Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies, ADB's Oceans Financing Initiative, and ADB's Pacific Approach, 2016-2020. The TA will have the following outcome: Pacific DMCs' understanding of sustainable EEZ management enhanced.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The vast Pacific Ocean connects ADB's 14 Pacific developing member countries (DMCs), and much of this ocean is their responsibility to manage sustainably. Within the Pacific community, there are many programs, initiatives and partners working together to support sustainable management of the Pacific Ocean. The Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner (OPOC) serves as the overall coordinating mechanism. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) hosts the OPOC and coordinates with the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) Agencies, including the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) which prepared the Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy in 2005. The Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape (FPO), prepared by PIFS and endorsed by Pacific Island Leaders and Ministers in 2010, defines key outcomes on ocean policy and sustainable ocean management in the Pacific region.

A critical element of sustainable ocean management is sustainable management of exclusive economic zones (EEZs). An EEZ is a concept adopted at the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982, whereby a coastal State assumes jurisdiction over the exploration and exploitation of marine resources in its adjacent section of the continental shelf, taken to be "the area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea, extending not more than 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured." The EEZs of ADB's 14 Pacific DMCs encompass an area of nearly 20 million square kilometers, or approximately twice the total land area of the United States. The areas outside EEZs or other territorial agreements are defined as areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), or the high seas.

For all Pacific DMCs, managing EEZs is a tremendous responsibility, requiring effective governance and management of all forms of resource extraction, protection of marine ecosystems, and monitoring, surveillance, and enforcement of maritime boundaries, among other state responsibilities. A number of Pacific DMCs have taken significant steps to manage their EEZs more sustainably by creating the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency in 1979, enacting the Nauru Agreement in 1982, establishing marine protected areas, and regulating seabed mining. Some Pacific DMCs have prepared ocean management policies, but implementing plans and actions has proven difficult. Other Pacific DMCs need to make significantly more progress in managing their EEZs, including taking the fundamental step of securing EEZ ratification under UNCLOS.

Impact Sustainable use of the Pacific Ocean and its resources by Pacific island countries and external partners ensured
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Pacific DMCs understanding of sustainable EEZ management enhanced
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Assessment of the importance of EEZs in the Pacific, including economic, social, environmental, and cultural benefits of sustainable management

Framework and approach for undertaking a benchmarking study on sustainable management of EEZs in ADB's 14 Pacific DMCs

Consultations to share TA's initial findings and to assess interest among Pacific DMCs to participate in an EEZ benchmarking study

Final report to be presented to stakeholders including through a regional conference or meeting on oceans in 2020, possibly "Our Oceans" conference hosted by Palau

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Uusimaa, Hanna K.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PAEN
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 01 Oct 2019 to 01 Oct 2019
MRM -
Approval 16 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 17 Dec 2019

TA 9907-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Dec 2019 - 16 Dec 2019 31 Jan 2021 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 16 Dec 2019 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Ocean Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020
Resource Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020

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