New US/Kiribati partnership to manage marine protected areas



A new partnership has been formed between the governments of the United States and Kiribati to enhance the management and protection of two of the world’s largest marine protected areas.


The agreement establishes a sister site relationship between the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the Phoenix Islands near the equator in Kiribati.


The superintendent of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the US, Aulani Wilhem, says the combined areas make up 25 percent of the world’s marine protected areas.


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