IB 2019/16 The Blue Pacific in Action: Solomon Islands’ National Ocean Policy
Solomon Islands has embraced the regional Blue Pacific and Pacific Oceanscape concepts for sustainable oceans management and translated the core principles into national action. The Solomon Islands National Ocean Policy (SINOP; SIG 2018) was launched in November 2018 to safeguard its rich fishing grounds that provide food security, livelihoods and government revenue. It is a useful example of the political and multi-jurisdictional commitment required to apply regional ocean frameworks nationally. This In Brief draws on the insights of senior officials engaged in policy development to provide critical reflections on the challenges ahead for implementation.