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The Regional Maritime Boundaries Sector (RMB) has been implemented by OIP since 2001 and is currently fully funded by Australian Aid. The Sector undertakes all work in accordance with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and aims to assist pacific island countries to develop, promulgate and declare their respective maritime boundaries and likewise develop technical solutions towards ratified treaties between neighbours with overlapping marine zones.

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In particular, the sector aims to:

  • Provide maritime boundaries delimitation data and information for the member countries to assist in preparation of claims for delimitation of their Exclusive Economic Zones;

  • Develop comprehensive data-sets which facilitate definition of the legal and administrative offshore limits for member countries, in accordance with the provisions of UNCLOS;

  • Build national capacity within member countries to undertake these assessments;

  • Provide advice and assistance to member countries on relevant provisions of UNCLOS;

  • Act as an information and data repository.

The RMB also assists those with extended continental shelf (eCS) potential to delineate these areas and submit claims to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UNCLCS).

Successful maritime boundaries development work is a process which includes technical (geomorphological/geodetic/cartographic), legal (legislative review and legal drafting) and diplomatic understanding and engagement. The processes cannot be brought to a successful conclusion, nor can sustainable progress be achieved, where any one of these three components is absent.

For more information contact:

Malakai Vakautawale

Maritime Boundaries Adviser

Andrick Lal
Senior Geodatic Surveyor

Filimoni Yaya
Geospatial Assistant

 

 


Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2018 11:48  


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Over the next three months, a seven-member team will conduct an independent external review of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

The review, beginning the first week of February, will consider SPC in the context of its broader role in regional development. The team will examine SPC’s focus, governance, management, mode of delivery, financing and performance monitoring and make recommendations on the organisation’s core business; governance, decision-making and membership; organisational structure; strategic planning; priority setting; business practices; financial management; resources; and performance monitoring and assessment.

When it approved the terms of reference for the review at the 7th Conference of the Pacific Community held in November last year, SPC’s governing body noted the timeliness of the exercise in light of the recent integration of SOPAC (Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission) and SPBEA (Secretariat of the Pacific Board for Educational Assessment) into SPC.

SPC Director-General Dr Jimmie Rodgers said, "This will be an organisation-wide review that is independent of SPC. It will consider SPC’s core business and other important issues such as general governance and organisational efficiency."