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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  


Newsflash

The 2012 STAR Conference will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia from November 3rd to 6th, and hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and L’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). As in recent years, there will be a joint session with the Circum Pacific Council.

The STAR Conference will immediately precede the 2nd Meeting of the SPC Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC Division) and the 42nd Meeting of the SPC Conference of Regional Governments and Administrations (CRGA). Note that no membership is required to attend the meeting and no conference registration fee is charged.

STAR was founded in 1984 as a vehicle to assist the international research community to provide advice to SOPAC. A strength of STAR has been its ability to mobilise science to address the national needs of Pacific island nations and provide, as an independent and voluntary body, an important scientific and advisory role. SPC has requested the continuation of this relationship following the integration of SPC and SOPAC in January 2011.

Thus, as in recent years, STAR’s Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Groups will continue to provide independent commentary on SPC/SOPAC’s work programmes, and all delegates to the STAR conference are invited to attend the SOPAC Division meeting that will follow STAR and contribute their technical expertise to the discussions.