Islands are on the frontline of climate change and already experiencing catastrophic impacts. A number of visionary island leaders have announced ambitious commitments to action to build sustainable communities. Seychelles, an isolated and pristine wonder of the world, is one of leader in climate change adaptation and is one of the first countries in the world to develop a plan to protect and manage its entire marine territory including conserving 50% of this enormous ocean area.
In December, world leaders will meet in Paris at the UN climate change meeting to negotiate a global agreement on climate change. The Global Island Partnership is supporting islands to take centre stage in Paris by showcasing island climate change adaptation solutions such as the Seychelles solution alongside other island solutions. Your contribution to us will help us to give islands a voice at this important climate change conference. Your contribution will be used to leverage funding from donor governments and private sector necessary for Seychelles protect 50% of its marine area.
In February, with the support to the Global Giving community GLISPA will launch the Island Bright Spot Platform (http://www.glispa.org/bright-spots). This platform is a culmination of two years of work in identifying and showcasing island bright spots - the solutions that are working to create a more sustainable world from islands. This portfolio of island solutions is being launched to encourage investment by the donor community into scaling and replicating initiatives that are working. Help us to secure the investment needed to build on these solutions so that we can rapidly build the resilience needed to conserve and protect our precious natural island resouces and their oceans.
Your generous contribution will help us to identify more of the island bright spots that are making a difference in the world.
This week, the President of Palau and Co-Chair of our Global Island Partnership, H.E. Tommy Remengesau Jr. was named Champion of the Earth for policy leadership by the United Nations Environment Programme thanks for his visionary leadership. Palau is showing the way to protect its invaluable natural resources while balancing the needs and traditions of its people. Earlier this year the President announced the world’s first Nation-wide Marine Sanctuary that fully protects over 80% of Palau’s 600,000sq.km Exclusive Economic Zone. The Sanctuary bans industrial and foreign fishing as well as exports while establishing a local fishing zone for domestic use. This is a bold step to reverse degradation of the ocean and stands to ignite further global action on oceans.
The President stated, “As a fishermen, I have seen first hand the devastating impacts of overfishing, climate change and pollution on our oceans. As the leader of an island country, I know we have the solutions to tackle these issues. We need to stand together to take action now to protect our oceans and our Mother Earth for our generation and future children.”
The President has spearheaded a range of local to global initiatives from the world’s first shark sanctuary to establishing the Global Island Partnership alongside President Michel of Seychelles to has inspired more than 30 leaders to launch major sustainable island commitments. Help GLISPA continue to inspire leaders around the world to launch major commitments to save our oceans and our island Earth.
Earth is a blue planet, and 70% of it is covered in water. Our oceans are bearing the brunt of a warming planet. The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) is working hard with its incredible participants to support the arrival of the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe -- Hokule‘a, and Hikianalia – her sister canoe, to find their way to a major conference of world leaders focus on islands in Samoa in 1-4 Sept. These courageous navigators will bring the stories and evidence of the current state of the ocean and how it is being impacted by a changing climate and unsustainable practices. They will share the stories of our islands and oceans to inspire leaders to take action to care for our island Earth (or Malama Honua). The Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crew will then carry the message of the conference to 25 countries, 85 communities on its 47,000 nautical mile voyage. They will travel to island and coastal communities globally from Samoa to Manhattan to the tip of South Africa to remind us of our individual and collective responsibilities in living sustainably and inspire us to take urgent action at all levels.
“If we view our Earth as an island it becomes apparent that we must change course to ensure a healthy, sustainable world” Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crew
In May, as we celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity Diversity: Island Biodiversity, the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe -- Hokule‘a, and Hikianalia -- her sister voyaging canoe, will set sail on a three-year voyage around the world to charter a new course for a resilient and sustainable future.
The voyage will be led by a new generation of navigators that will use the signs of the waves, winds and stars to find their way to the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS) in Samoa in September 2014. These courageous navigators will bring the stories of our worlds islands and oceans to inspire leaders to take action for a sustainable and resilient future. The Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crew will carry this message to more than 25 countries during its 47,000 nautical-mile voyage.
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The Global Island Partnership is assisting the Voyage to leaders of island countries and countries with islands. Learn how you can support this innovative partnership: www.glispa.org.
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