Description/achievement of initiative
The Pacific Mangroves Initiative (PMI) is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment and action for sustainable mangrove futures in the Pacific Islands.
PMI began in 2009 with the mission to assist Pacific Island countries and territories to implement sound practices and capacity building in mangrove management. The initiative also aims to raise awareness on the value of coastal ecosystem goods and services and build capacity at all levels to aid local governments make informed decisions. The initiative looks upon mangroves as the flagship ecosystem in an integrated approach to coastal ecosystem management.Key areas of focus of PMI are:- Scientific baseline data collection- mapping- Economic valuation of ecosystem goods and services- Communication and awareness- Policy and legislation- Information and research- Conservation and sustainable management- Coordination and implementationThe goals of PMI are being delivered through two regional mangrove projects:1. MESCAL, Mangrove Ecosystem for Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods project - implemented in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.2. MARSH, Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably-Managed Forest project - implemented in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Through the projects implemented thus far, community and government personnel have received training in different methodologies for above ground and below ground carbon assessment, faunal and floral inventories, mapping, shoreline health assessments, economic assessments and country teams have the appropriate field equipment and skill sets for continuing the work.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Oversight of the PMI is via the PMI Steering Committee which meets annually and is co-chaired by SPREP and IUCN Oceania and comprises institutional partners and country representatives. The PMI Steering Committee is the decision-making body that sets policies, determines budgetary allocation to different cost centres (secretariat, and national projects, regional projects) adopting a transparent, open and accountable decision-making process.
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, WWF-SPPO, the United Nations Development Programme, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga