IUCN – Oceania
IUCN is the world’s authority on biodiversity conservation, nature-based solutions and related environmental governance.
IUCN Oceania is working with like-minded organizations to contribute to the conservation of species and ecosystems in the Oceania region. One important partnership of the IUCN Oceania Regional Office was the 2014 ‘Mua: Guided by Nature voyage’, a partnership between the IUCN and the voyaging societies of five Pacific Island countries.
The name adopted for this voyaging alliance is ‘Ohana Wa‘a, Canoe Family. On the evening of October 17, 2009, leaders from the founding organizations of ‘Ohana Wa‘a, gathered at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to participate in an adze tying ceremony to symbolically and publicly commit themselves to a common mission and vision as a collective statement of their transformation from a independent league of voyaging organizations into a voyaging movement.
Polynesian Voyaging Society
Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments.
In 2010 Pacific Voyagers completed the construction of seven ocean voyaging canoes, called “Vaka Moana” (boat of the ocean). They were built in Aotearoa (New Zealand) to set sail on a maiden voyage across the Pacific in 2011, and many of the island nations of the Pacific were represented by one vaka, each with their own sailors.
They sailed from Aotearoa to Hawai’i, then to the West Coast of the United States and completed their journey in July 2012 at the Festival of Pacific Arts in the Solomon Islands, after visiting San Diego, Cocos Islands, Galapagos, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu. The aim of this voyage, known as ‘Te Mana o Te Moana’ (The Spirit of the Ocean), was to reconnect with the traditions, with Pacific communities and with the ocean and to spread the message of ocean protection.
Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner
The newly established Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, housed within the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, is responsible for the coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape, which was endorsed by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in 2010. This is an ongoing initiative which acts as an umbrella mandate, guiding the rest of the work of the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner.
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has been charged by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region with the protection and sustainable development of the region’s environment.
Moana Pasifika has joined forces with SPREP and their ‘Protect Pacific Whales – Ocean Voyagers’ Campaign which provides an opportunity for SPREP and all its Members and partners to celebrate these magnificent creatures, raise awareness on whale conservation as well as ocean conservation. What happens in the ocean will inevitably impact whales. The campaign will also address the problems Whales face as ocean-dwellers as this will ultimately impact all people.
Office of the Maui Mayor
The Maui County Environmental Coordinator’s Office provides access to information and resources, and serves as an advocate to see that important environmental concerns are brought before decision makers. In addition, the Environmental Coordinator responds to and coordinates a broad range of environmental issues, including: Watershed Protection, Invasive Species, Agricultural Sustainability, Marine Protection and Renewable Energy.
Department of Lands and Natural Resources
The Department of Land and Natural Resources, headed by an executive Board of Land and Natural Resources, is responsible for managing, administering, and exercising control over public lands, water resources, ocean waters, navigable streams, coastal areas (except commercial harbors), minerals, and all interests therein. The department’s jurisdiction encompasses nearly 1.3 million acres of State lands, beaches, and coastal waters as well as 750 miles of coastline (the fourth longest in the country). It includes state parks; historical sites; forests and forest reserves; aquatic life and its sanctuaries; public fishing areas; boating, ocean recreation, and coastal programs; wildlife and its sanctuaries; game management areas; public hunting areas; and natural area reserves.
Kupu provides service-learning programs in industries like conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, and sustainability. These programs are a catalyst to support the over 80 partner sites throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Basin we serve. Through these programs, Kupu aims to teach youth vital work skills as well as leadership, responsibility and learning to serve the community, incorporating vocational training, educational degree achievement and service learning.
KUA is an innovative, community-based initiative for protecting, restoring and caring for Hawaiʻi. Our unique native species, ecosystems and island way of life in Hawaiʻi are deeply interconnected, and are at the heart of what makes these islands “home.
KUA is advancing community-based natural resources management in Hawai’i, working together with government agencies and communities towards restoring Hawaiʻi communities’ traditional role as caretakers of their lands and waters.
Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy
IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, is an inter-disciplinary network of professionals whose mission is to act as a source of advice on the environmental, economic, social and cultural factors that affect natural resources and biological diversity and to provide guidance and support towards effective policies and practices in environmental conservation and sustainable development.