Linking five continents and 50 countries and territories, the Pacific Ocean is a foundation of human life. Facing multiple threats, this vital resource is degrading rapidly and with it, some of the world’s most diverse and vibrant ecosystems.
Sustaining an Ocean at Risk
As one of the planet’s critical support systems, it is difficult to overstate the importance of the Pacific Ocean. Regulating weather and climate, feeding families, providing income, and facilitating trade, the Ocean is an essential resource and makes the Earth habitable for mankind.
Today, climate change is rapidly transforming the Pacific Ocean’s conditions – declining oxygen content, increasing acidity, and changing sea surface temperatures driving erratic weather. Human activities like overfishing are degrading its resources and ecosystems. Collectively APRU members represent a significant portion of the world’s research and knowledge capabilities regarding the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean Program aims to capitalize on this expertise, facilitating the sustainable use, management, and governance of this most vital resource.
As part of its voluntary commitment for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 regarding the Pacific Ocean, APRU is driving cooperation between experts, policy-makers, and local communities to address the health of the Pacific Ocean and its marine and coastal resources. We actively support policy development, implementation, and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations in ocean research, working to find solutions to safeguard this precious resource.