Ocean Cities Knowledge Exchange: Promoting Nature-Based Solutions in Pacific Island Urban Settlements

3 Jul 2018
suva, Fiji

ESCAP, jointly with the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD), based at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji, is convening a new partnership with Pacific island developing States to develop an integrated policy approach for ocean focussed climate responsive urban development adapted to island systems. This approach integrates nature-based solutions, coastal zone conservation and marine spatial planning in island settlements to promote urban resilience and protect ocean-based livelihoods.

Drawing on knowledge and experiences from the Pacific region, this new initiative will develop a series of policy briefs on key themes for Pacific cities and an integrated ‘ocean cities policy guide’ to identify opportunities to bridge the gap between the built and natural environment. The initiative will facilitate South-South cooperation and knowledge sharing, and strengthen a regional voice of SIDS in a complex landscape of sustainable development agendas. With adequate regional cooperation and partnership, SIDS have the potential to pioneer a climate-smart ocean-centred approach for resilient urban development that can break the vicious cycle of interlinked challenges.