To promote and raise awareness the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in Samoa organized a public bus that caters for Savai’i Island along with a radio campaign raising awareness on the value of Fish Reserves and No Take Zones. Consultations take place across the 52 coastal community districts which also includes other key sectors such as education and religious/faith-based entities in Samoa.
The Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is an EU-funded four-year project (2019–2022), now in its fourth year, presenting key reports and outputs produced as a result of comprehensive consultations, scientific and expert research. The reports include the Special and Unique Marine Areas of Samoa, the Marine Ecosystem Service Valuation Report for Samoa and a Marine Legal Review of Samoa. Accompanying these reports are simplified infographic materials that summarises key findings for better informing the general public.
“The ocean is a key priority in the European Union Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the Pacific Islands Forum 2050 Strategy for a Blue Pacific Continent. The Marine Spatial Planning in Samoa, supported by the European Union through its Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative, translates this strategic priority at the country and community level, to balance ocean protection, the sustainable management of marine resources and adaptation to climate change”, said the Ambassador of the European Union to Samoa, H.E. Sujiro Seam.
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