The OA Alliance was invited to partner with OA Alliance member, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on a newly released publication, “Mainstreaming OA into National Policies: A Handbook for Pacific Islands,” which was showcased at a side event during SPREP’s regional meeting in Apia, Samoa on September 4.
The side event featured the Pacific Meteorological Council and SPREP’s leadership of the New Zealand Pacific Partnership of Ocean Acidification (PPOA). The partnership is tackling ocean acidification in the Pacific by supporting research and monitoring, building Pacific scientific capacity, raising awareness, and implementing practical adaptation actions at pilot sites in Fiji, Kiribati, and Tokelau. Work is underway to increase resilience to ocean acidification through practical adaptation activities such as planting mangroves to locally buffer pH; restoring coral to enhance reef resilience; and establishing locally managed marine areas to reduce secondary reef stresses.
PPOA is also working with international partners like the Ocean Foundation and the Global Ocean Acidification Observation Network to build local capacity to monitor and report ocean acidification data.