MELAD Honorable Minister, Alexander Teabo delivering a remarkable statement at the United Nations Oceans Conference Side Event in New York

A side event in New York called Going to Scale in the Ocean: From Large scale MPAs to whole domain management – Ridge to Reef was held at the margins of the UN Ocean conference on 07th of June and attended by many participants across the World.  The event was organized and hosted by Cook Island in consultation with several potential partners including Kiribati.

Honorable Minister Alexander Teabo participated in this side event as one of the panelists from the Pacific Island Countries.  Panelists were given an opportunity to share their experiences about setting up their large scale MPAs.  Honorable Minister Alexander Teabo in his statement about PIPA said “With only one fishing patrol boat across more than 3 million square km many said PIPA could not be done” nodding many heads in the room with surprises when heard about the culmination of PIPA in 2014 with its full closure to all commercial fishing.

The sentiment shared through high level statements was quite touching to a few alluring them to share their emotional and great experiences about their ocean and how they locally manage it.

Witnessing the side event from Kiribati are Honorable Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Development, Tetabo Nakara and his officials, MELAD team including the PIPA trust Executive Director and the Kiribati Mission representative Mr Baraniko Baaro. The assistance of the Permanent Resident to the UN, Mrs Makurita Baaro in finalizing the Minister’s statement has been greatly valued.

The event adjourned at 3pm, New York time.