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Connect to Protect the Eastern Tropical Pacific Coalition Commitment

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    Spanning from Costa Rica and Panama to the north and Colombia and Ecuador to the south, the rich waters of the Eastern Tropical Pacific (EPT) region host some among the world’s most productive, biologically diverse, and ecologically significant marine environments. This vast, unique, irreplaceable, and interconnected ecosystem also plays a key role for populations of a wide range of sharks, whales, and sea turtles, and support billions of dollars annually in local economic activity. Yet, typical of the global ocean, these thriving waters – and the communities that depend on them – face growing threats. Recognizing this risk, leaders from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama have stepped forward together to act. Over the past year, each county pledged ambitious new marine protections. Together, these commitments cover some 324,000 square kilometers of ocean, and include the thriving waters surrounding Cocos Island, Cordillera de Coiba, and the Galápagos. Additionally, each country has already committed to protecting at least 30% of their respective exclusive economic zone. In November 2021, the four counties also signed an agreement to create a 500,000 square kilometer transboundary biosphere reserve that would connect and protect the Cocos, Coiba, Galápagos, Gorgona, and Malpelo Islands. Safeguarding the pathways between the region’s linked biological hot spots would protect the tuna, sharks, rays, whales, birds, sea turtles and many other creatures that rely on these corridors to feed, gather, reproduce, and give birth. The reserve would help safeguard the Eastern Tropical Marine Corridor (CMAR), which was formally established by the four countries nearly 20 years ago in a declaration creating an inter-governmental cooperation mechanism for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the region. The 2004 agreement has successfully encouraged communication and collaboration on common regional threats such as overfishing. Recognizing that cooperative leadership is crucial to ensure that the global ocean remains healthy and productive, the Connect to Protect Eastern Tropical Pacific Coalition, which includes Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Nature Alliance, Development Bank of Latin America, Enduring Earth, German Ministry for Economic Development and Coordination through KfW, Global Environment Facility, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Islas Secas Foundation, Minderoo Foundation, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy, Re:wild, Shark Conservation Fund, UK government, U.S. Department of State, and the Wyss Foundation, has committed $50M over the next five years in private funding, with more than $100 million in public funding in support of this vision. Specifically, the coalition will work alongside elected leaders, communities, Indigenous groups, government officials, and scientists to provide technical and financial assistance in support of: • a regional governance structure • design and implementation of MPAs and the biosphere reserve • securing sustainable financing The UK has committed to supporting the region with technical assistance through the UK's Blue Planet Fund to identify actions to reinforce the monitoring, management, and enforcement of its marine protected areas. And the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has already approved a USD $ 65.2 million investment into the Galapagos Protected Area aimed at rehabilitating the area’s ecosystems and promoting sustainable tourism practices.
    Partners

    Connect to Protect the Eastern Tropical Pacific Coalition (includes governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector, philanthropic organizations, and partnerships)

    Bezos Earth Fund
    Blue Nature Alliance
    Development Bank of Latin America
    Enduring Earth
    German Ministry for Economic Development and Coordination through KfW
    Global Environment Facility
    Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
    Islas Secas Foundation
    Minderoo Foundation
    Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
    Re:wild
    Shark Conservation Fund
    UK Government
    U.S. Department of State
    The Wyss Foundation

    Goal 14

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

    Goal 14

    14.1

    By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

    14.1.1

    (a) Index of coastal eutrophication; and (b) plastic debris density

    14.2

    By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

    14.2.1

    Number of countries using ecosystem-based approaches to managing marine areas

    14.3

    Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

    14.3.1
    Average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations

    14.4

    By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

    14.4.1
    Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

    14.5

    By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

    14.5.1
    Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas

    14.6

    By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation

    14.6.1

    Degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

    14.7

    By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism

    14.7.1

    Sustainable fisheries as a proportion of GDP in small island developing States, least developed countries and all countries

    14.a

    Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries

    14.a.1
    Proportion of total research budget allocated to research in the field of marine technology

    14.b

    Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

    14.b.1

    Degree of application of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small‐scale fisheries

    14.c

    Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of "The future we want"

    14.c.1

    Number of countries making progress in ratifying, accepting and implementing through legal, policy and institutional frameworks, ocean-related instruments that implement international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources

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    14.2 <p>By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans</p>
    14.4 <p>By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics</p>
    14.5 <p>By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information</p>
    14.a <p>Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries</p>
    14.c <p>Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of "The future we want"</p>
    Technical and financial assistance in support of a regional governance structure
    Technical and financial assistance in support of the design and implementation of marine protected areas and biosphere reserve
    Technical and financial assistance in support of securing sustainable financing
    Financing (in USD)
    USD$50 million over the next five years in private funding and more than USD$100 million in public funding
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Coalition members will provide technical assistance over the next five years
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    Timeline
    28 June 2022 (start date)
    28 June 2027 (date of completion)
    Entity
    Joint Ocean Commitment
    SDGs
    Other beneficiaries
    Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, and Colombia
    Ocean Basins
    South Pacific
    Communities of Ocean Action
    Coral reefs, Marine and coastal ecosystems management, Sustainable fisheries, Marine pollution, Sustainable blue economy, Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
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    Countries
    Germany
    Germany
    Ibero-American Network of Life Cycle Assesment
    United States of America
    United States of America
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    Headquarters
    Washington, DC, USA
    Contact Information

    Ashleigh, Project Manager