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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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