Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference – Tonga

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in Cetacean Ecosystems and Habitats, Responsible Whale Watching

For three days 16 countries and territories of the Pacific Islands gathered together to discuss WHALES!!  SPREP (the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Pacific Environment Programme) hosted this unprecedented 3-day conference titled “Whales in a Changing Ocean” in Tonga April 4-6.

The conference focused on three issues that were addressed by working groups including: 1) emerging threats to whales; 2) whale watching; and 3) scientific research. Cet Law co-convened and co-facilitated the emerging threats break-out session. Blue Climate Solutions presented a draft report on Pacific Island Whales and Climate Change co-authored by Cet Law.

Outcomes from the conference include a Ministerial Declaration currently signed by 11 of the attending countries, recommendations for the SPREP Secretariat, including for its Whale and Dolphin Action Plan, and a draft Voluntary Commitment to the UN Oceans conference that countries are in the process of signing.