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Blue Prosperity Newsletter - March 2023

Updated: Mar 8, 2023


Image: Hon. Sitiveni Rabuka, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaking at a Blue Prosperity Coalition event in Panama City, Panama.


FIJI PRIME MINISTER SPEAKS FOR FIRST TIME ON INTERNATIONAL STAGE

The Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Sitiveni Rabuka, gave a keynote address about Fiji's commitment to sustainable ocean management in his first speaking engagement since being elected in December.

“We talk about economy, we talk about the environment, but for us, it is survival.”

The Fiji Government recently reaffirmed commitment to protecting their ocean through Blue Prosperity Fiji, a partnership with the Waitt Institute. Led by Prime Minister Rabuka and the Government of Fiji, the Blue Prosperity Fiji program will incorporate public participation, scientific research, and traditional knowledge to sustainably manage 100% of Fiji's ocean space and fully protect at least 30% while supporting ocean industries and fisheries management. Securing and sustainably managing all of Fiji’s ocean and marine resources will ensure prosperity for generations to come.


Image: His Excellency, Bakoa Kaltongga, Vanuatu Ministerial Special Envoy on Climate Change


VANUATU ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT TO 30% AND CALLS FOR CLIMATE ACTION

His Excellency, Bakoa Kaltongga, Vanuatu’s Ministerial Special Envoy on Climate Change announced the launch of the Blue Prosperity Vanuatu initiative on a global stage.

“We are living in a new reality of climate change, and our oceans are on the front lines.”

Blue Prosperity Vanuatu is a partnership with the Waitt Institute that began in February 2023 to implement 100% sustainable ocean management and fully protect at least 30% of Vanuatu's ocean by 2028.



Image: Hon. Sitiveni Rabuka, Prime Minister of Fiji; Tonga Ministry of Fisheries CEO Dr. Tuikolongahau (Hau) Halafihi; Tonga Acting Minister of Fisheries & Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Hon. Lord Fohe; Vanuatu Ministerial Special Envoy on Climate Change His Excellency Bakoa Kaltongga; United States Presidential Special Envoy for Climate Change Secretary John Kerry; H.E. Iván Eskildsen, Panama Minister of Tourism


BLUE PROSPERITY COALITION RECEPTION High-level representatives spoke at a Blue Prosperity Coalition event in Panama about the need to safeguard our oceans and marine resources to benefit communities, economies, and the environment:

🇺🇸 United States Presidential Special Envoy for Climate Change Secretary John Kerry

🇫🇯 Fiji Prime Minister Honorable Sitiveni Rabuka

🇵🇦 Panama Minister of Tourism Honorable Iván Eskildsen

🇹🇴 Kingdom of Tonga Acting Minister for Fisheries and Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Honorable Lord Fohe

🇻🇺 Vanuatu Special Envoy on Climate Change, His Excellency Bakoa Kaltongga

Image: United States Presidential Special Envoy for Climate Change Secretary John Kerry


Image: PHOTO COURTESY OF OUR OCEAN PANAMA; Panama President Laurentino Cortizo and Panama Minister of Environment Milciades Concepción.

PANAMA ANNOUNCES PROTECTION OF MORE THAN 54% OF THEIR OCEAN We congratulate Panama on their announcement at the opening of the Our Ocean Conference to expand protection to more than half of their EEZ! An Executive Decree signed by Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo and Minister of Environment Milciades Concepción grew the Banco Volcán marine protected area (MPA) in the Panamanian Caribbean to over 36,058 square miles of protection. Panama was one of the first countries in the world to protect 30% of its territorial waters, and now continues their leadership in protecting even more of their ocean space. Image: PHOTO COURTESY OF OUR OCEAN PANAMA; Panama President Laurentino Cortizo and Panama Minister of Environment Milciades Concepción.


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