Palau will host the 7th Our Ocean Conference 2020 to accelerate ocean sustainability solutions, 7-8 December 2020, where it will lead a global, multi-stakeholder forum to generate transformative commitments for ocean health and wealth.
For more information, please visit https://www.ourocean2020.pw
Previous hosts have included the governments of the United States, Chile, the European Union, Indonesia and Norway.
The Our Ocean conference aims to build partnerships between government, industry, science and civil society, and generate commitments for ocean action that link scientific knowledge, technology and finance to meet the challenges facing the ocean.
Our Ocean 2020 focuses on Six Areas of Action: marine pollution, marine protected areas, climate change, sustainable blue economies, sustainable fisheries, and maritime security. The Conference will convene partners from across the globe to enable protection and sustainable use to go hand in hand so that the ocean can continue to provide for the needs of future generations.
Palau’s ocean conservation practices extend back thousands of years. The tradition of Bul is a moratorium declared by Palau’s traditional leaders that places an immediate halt to the over-consumption or destruction of a species, place or thing. Bul has inspired one of the world’s most ambitious ocean conservation initiatives to date: the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, designating 80% of Palau’s EEZ – or some 500,000 square kilometers – as a no-take marine protected area. This is not only aimed at protecting Palau’s marine resources, but also at protecting the world’s tuna stocks, and increasing the resilience of Palau’s world-renowned reefs and marine tourism sector.
Palau has also incorporated environmental protection into its immigration laws. Visitors to the island are required to sign the Palau Pledge on arrival, which raises awareness for tourists to act in an ecologically responsible way on the island, for the sake of Palau’s children and future generations.