Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 4 pm EST / 1 pm PST / 9 pm GMT (February 28, 9 am Kiribati time)
Live ‘Office Hour’ Chat about current and future management of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, with Betarim Rimon, Information Officer for PIPA. Mr. Rimon will represent, and will relate guidance provided by, PIPA expert personnel including Mr. Tukabu Teroroko, Director of the PIPA Implementation Office, and Dr. Teuea Toatu, Executive Director of the PIPA Conservation Trust.
The 408,250-km2 Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world (www.phoenixislands.org). Designated in 2006 and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010, PIPA includes atolls, islands, submerged reefs, seamounts, and vast stretches of deep ocean. The main challenges facing PIPA are surveillance of its remote areas and securing adequate funding to sustain management. Publications on PIPA’s biosecurity guidelines and management plan are at www.phoenixislands.org/technical-publications.php.
Mr. Rimon will answer questions on current and future management of the site, including:
- Threats to the site;
- How much of PIPA is presently off-limits to fishing;
- How the PIPA endowment is being developed;
- PIPA’s plans to develop Kanton Island (within the MPA boundaries) as a self-sufficient harbor;
- The impacts of climate change; and more.
More about the Office Hour: This office hour is a live online "chat" conducted by typing and reading text - there is no audio component. Our office hour chats provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions to our guests; audience members may also share their own experiences and insights with the guests and other participants. In other words there is multi-directional flow of information. All participants are able (and encouraged) to post, and all participants are able to view all posts (i.e., nothing is confidential). Inappropriate or off-topic content will be controlled. You do not need to be logged into the OpenChannels site to participate in the chat, but you are encouraged to create a user account and log in so you do not need to type your name in every post.
The chat is now closed for all future comments.