The Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body (RPB) is dedicated to developing a coastal and marine spatial plan that reflects input and participation from interested organizations and individuals. The Pacific Islands RPB routinely solicits comments and participation as an important component of its activities. These opportunities range from commenting on draft documents to participating in workshops, attending Pacific Islands RPB meetings, and attending meetings of Pacific Islands RPB members’ agencies.
Our target audience
Stakeholders are not just the “public.” Stakeholders include the public, academics, business leaders, fishermen, community members, recreational users of our coast and ocean, researchers and many more. Stakeholders bring science, technical, and business skills, interests, and knowledge to the marine planning table. They will be engaged in the discussion, evaluation, and application of information (For more information, review the Marine Planning Handbook).
Our commitment to engage stakeholders
The Pacific Islands RPB commitment is included in three guiding principles of our charter:
- Promote cultural traditions, values, and practices of the Pacific Islands as a means of managing natural resources and fostering opportunities for participation.
- Support quality research and obtain the most complete scientific information and traditional ecological knowledge to assess and manage natural resources.
- Promote education and outreach that fosters good stewardship and broad public participation.
The charter states that the “PI RPB members commit in good faith to a cooperative, open and transparent planning process leading to the development of a regional plan.” It also states that the PI RPB will ensure that “there is regular and appropriate public engagement during all phases of its work” and “that as the overall planning effort progresses, non-governmental organizations, academic and business entities, and private individuals will be consulted when necessary to ensure that planning is based on the best available information and sound science.” It is anticipated that non-governmental individuals will be engaged in projects and efforts that support the RPB, including committees and working groups.
Stakeholder engagement within the Pacific Islands RPB membership
Our members are in the community:
The Hawaii Office of Planning (OP) updated the Hawaii Ocean Resource Management Plan (ORMP; ORMP PDF) in 2013. During 2012, they held numerous public listening sessions across Hawaii to gather input on the ORMP. The Director of OP is the Governor of Hawaii’s designee on the Pacific Islands RPB and brings the State’s perspectives on Pacific Islands RPB initiatives to the conversation.
Workshops on CMSP:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) hosted a Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Workshop from July 31- August 4, 2011, to train community members, fishermen, agency representatives from the Pacific Islands region on how to create a marine spatial plan and how to be involved. The Council is now using elements of the process that was taught for the siting of a longline dock in Saipan, CNMI, and the development of a community-based fishery management plan in Merizo, Guam. The WPFMC also hosted two workshops, one each in CNMI and American Samoa to train local agency individuals on how to create a marine spatial plan.
Two Fishers Forums have been held to introduce the public to CMSP and answer questions – one in Honolulu on October 12, 2010, and another in American Samoa on March 12, 2013. Lastly, the WPFMC constantly and consistently engages stakeholders at their meetings, and created a Regional Marine Planning and Climate Change Committee to address marine planning from a fishery management council perspective. Due to the cross membership (at least 4 WPFMC members also are Pacific Islands RPB members), stakeholder perspectives on WPFMC issues are brought into conversations of the Pacific Islands RPB.
Workshops on Ocean Uses:
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), in partnership with the State of Hawaii, conducts the Hawaii Outer Continental Shelf Renewable Energy Program Task Force meetings. These meetings are a venue for federal, state and local government agency representatives, from policy makers to scientists, to discuss development of renewable energy on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Hawaii. Task Force meetings are open to the public, and time is provided for public input and discussion following the formal Task Force meetings. The most recent Task Force meeting was December 5, 2012. BOEM also hosted a public workshop from August 13-14, 2013, to discuss the potential offshore renewable energy technologies that could be deployed on the West Coast and in Hawaii. The flyer and agenda are available on their website.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and BOEM co-hosted a science workshop in Honolulu from October 2-3, 2012, that assessed what types of habitat and human use data are available in Hawaii. RPB members attended this workshop, as well as several scientists and managers. The proceedings can be found here.
Attend a meeting:
Our RPB meetings are open for the public to attend. It is anticipated that non-governmental individuals will be engaged in projects that support the Pacific Islands RPB, including committees and working groups.
Like us on Facebook:
Our Facebook page is maintained with relevant updates and links to online resources. Continue to use our website for documents and information about the Pacific Islands RPB and its activities.
Opportunities to participate will be posted on this web page. To stay informed about these opportunities and receive updates, please email the Executive Secretary to be added to the distribution list.