Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Ocean ties together five continents, 50 countries and territories, and home to some of the most diverse and vibrant ecosystems in the world, it is degrading rapidly: a source of life becoming a threat to humanity’s survival. 

As a network of leading universities in the Asia Pacific, APRU coordinates the research and innovation capabilities of the nations bordering this great ocean. Universities play critical role in sustaining the Pacific Ocean and APRU seeks to drive efforts among its network of leading research universities to raise awareness, educating the public and grow relevant research infrastructure.

As part of its voluntary commitment for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 APRU is driving cooperation between leading experts, future leaders, policy makers and local communities to address the health of the Pacific Ocean and its marine and coastal resources.


  1. Raising awareness and encouraging future leaders in the Asia-Pacific to engage with problems the Pacific Ocean faces through annual student-focused activities in collaboration with international partners. 
  2. Supporting capacity building across the Asia-Pacific by developing a network of research centers and experts across disciplines, facilitating best practice sharing and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
  3. Building an effective platform connecting latest research and experts across the Asia-Pacific with policy makers and international organizations actively facilitating policy development and implementation.

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Call for Participation: Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit

Our Ocean, Our Legacy Youth Leadership Summit
29-30 October 2018 in Bali, Indonesia

The application is open to students and young professionals ages 18-35 who have an action-oriented ocean commitment. Eligible candidates should apply online before July 6th, 2018 11:59 pm PST.

The 200 winners will have the opportunity to join Sustainable Ocean Alliance’s global youth network and attend the upcoming Our Ocean, Our Legacy Youth Leadership Summit.

The youth summit is a parallel event to the 'Our Ocean' Conference 2018 co-hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and Sustainable Ocean Alliance. It will bring together high-level ocean leaders who will interact with student participants, facilitate breakout sessions, and provide youth with insights for their ocean projects and commitments.

By attending the summit, participants will: 
1. Become an #SOAYouth Leader and join our global community represented in over 50 countries 
2. Network with today's top leaders and high-level representatives in the ocean space 
3. Receive expert mentorship and develop professional skill sets 
4. Discover the unique challenges facing Bali and how the local community is addressing them 
5. Meet with entrepreneurs who are building scalable ocean-focused startups 
6. Join the main Our Ocean conference on the 2nd day of the event 

The APEC 2018 Workshop on Innovative Marine Debris Solutions, July 26-27, 2018, Beijing

The issue of marine debris has received high attention from economies, international organizations and multiple fora. 

The Workshop on Best Practices Sharing on Marine Debris Management in Coastal Cities of APEC Region was held in Xiamen on Nov 4-5th, 2017. The workshop outputs were put into the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on “Oceans and the law of the Sea” as Article 215.

This forthcoming workshop taking place July 26-27, 2018 proposes to collect innovative approaches and to share best practice to address marine debris in the APEC region. Click here to see the proposal.

United Nations ESCAP is calling on APRU experts to join the first Asia and the Pacific Region Expert Workshop on Ocean Accounts

Based on the United Nations Assessment of capacity development needs of the countries in Asia and the Pacific for the implementation of SDG14, the region needs strengthening of technical capacity, coordination, governance as well as data and statistics. 

The vital information to monitor and evaluate progress towards SDG14 is currently fragmented across scientific domains, policy frameworks and institutions. ESCAP and UN Environment are leading the global effort to develop statistical guidance based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) to ensure existing statistics can be integrated along SDG14-related priorities. 

APRU experts are called to collaborate with this initiative through presentations on ten key issues where additional work is required to develop measurement guidance. 

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APRU launches Pacific Ocean project as part of voluntary commitment to SDG14

In order to provide policy pathways to promote Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water: to conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas, and marine resources, APRU has launched a cluster research project identifying social-ecological relationships to support the SDGs; outlining the institutional cooperation needed to enact appropriate policy, and evaluating the effectiveness and feasibility of specific options to reduce risks of climate change impacts.  

Led by Gerald Singh (University of British Columbia), Yoshitaka Ota (University of Washington), and William Cheung (University of British Columbia), the project will evaluate the economic, social, governance, and environmental conditions that promote sustainable oceans throughout the Pacific Rim. It entails a survey, a literature review of institutes, and a workshop. 

APRU's Inaugural Pacific Ocean Cluster Project: Advancing SDG 14 for the sustainable future of the Pacific Ocean

Led by three marine science and policy experts from University of British Columbia and University of Washington, Yoshitaka Ota (UW), William Cheung (UBC) and Gerald Singh (UBC), the project focuses on enhancing sustainable development of coastal states, communities, and economies around the Pacific-Rim region. The overall aim will be to provide policy pathways to advance Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water.

The project includes one survey to collect elicit export knowledge, analysis of cooperation needs, and a workshop to share the outcomes.

Life Below Water

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EAIE 2017 Winter Forum: The Sustainable Development Goals

The Forum can be found at:

In the Winter Forum, Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General writes about the important role of universities to address the most pressing needs of the Pacific Ocean. 

Read the article.

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