Websites for ICRI, IPMEN, LMMA, PIMPAC, PEIN , PIMPAC, PIMRIS and other regional marine networks

International Coral Reef Initiative
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is a partnership among governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations. It strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems by implementing Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, and other relevant international conventions and agreements. The secretariat of the Initiative is currently co-host by the governments of Mexico and the United States.

International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN)
IPMEN is a developing collective of marine educators throughout the Pacific. The creation of this group began with a two day meeting on the Hawaiian island of Maui in July 2005 and gained considerable momentum at a second international meeting, also in Hawaii, in January 2007. This second meeting, called IPMEC, brought together 100 educators from 18 Pacific nations and territories and resulted in the formation of IPMEN. By piloting a cooperative network of Pacific marine educators, IPMEN is seen as a first step towards the goal of establishing a worldwide marine educators network. Such a worldwide network would aim to share knowledge, expertise and resources to solve ocean related environmental issues.

The Locally-Managed Marine Area [LMMA] Network
We are a group of marine conservation practitioners working in Asia and the Pacific who have joined together to increase the success of our efforts. Our website is designed to provide information, lessons and stories from communities that are using a locally-managed marine area approach in the management and conservation of their marine resources.

Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN]
The PEIN is coordinated by the SPREP Information Resource .

The IRC/PEIN's aims are to:

  • collect, store and disseminate scientific and technical information on environmental and development concerns in Pacific island countries and territories;
  • liaise and co-ordinate with other national, regional and international organisations to circulate information and publications in the region;
  • assist other SPREP projects and programmes by disseminating appropriate information to specific groups in the region;
  • disseminate SPREP publications upon requests from outside the region on a fee-recovery basis;
  • provide technical assistance and advice on the establishment of National Environmental Information Centres (NEICs)
  • develop web based clearinghouse mechanisms for the dissemination of Pacific environment information


Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Area Community [PIMPAC]
The Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Area Community (PIMPAC) is a collaboration of marine protected area (MPA) managers, non-governmental organizations, local communities, federal, state, and territorial agencies, and other stakeholders working together to collectively enhance the effective use and management of MPAs in the U.S. Pacific Islands and Freely Associated States.  Specifically, PIMPAC aims to build partnerships among Pacific Island MPA practitioners and to bring support to the region in order to strengthen MPA planning, management, and evaluation efforts and conserving the marine resources of the Pacific Islands.


The Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Area Community (PIMPAC) aims to provide continuous opportunities for the sharing  of information, expertise, practice, and experience to develop and strengthen area-based management capacity throughout the Pacific Islands region.  To do this, PIMPAC provides: 1) training and technical support around priority topic areas, 2) learning exchanges among their peers, 3) partnership building that would foster increased and long term support and capacity building, and 4) information sharing of lessons learned and opportunities.

Pacific Islands Marine Resources Information System [PIMRIS]
PIMRIS is a formal cooperative network of libraries and information centres within regional organisations and government agencies concerned with the development of fisheries and marine resources in the Pacific. Its aim is to improve access to information on marine resources in the region by:

  • collecting, cataloguing and preserving relevant documents in print and electronic formats, especially "grey literature" (ephemeral, unpublished material);
  • disseminating information via new products (reports, newsletters, posters, bibliographies, websites & databases) and services (literature searches, inter-library loans, question and answer services);
  • supporting the development of regional libraries and information centres through training and technical assistance; and
  • cooperating with similar networks and institutions throughout the world, including the International Association of Marine Science Libraries & Information Centres (IAMSLIC), FAO and IOC.

PIMRIS participants include ministerial or departmental libraries in most Pacific nations, as well as regional agencies based in Apia, Samoa (SPREP), Honiara in the Solomon Islands (FFA), Noumea, New Caledonia (SPC) and Suva, Fiji (SOPAC). Representatives meet bi-annually at Steering Committee meetings to review progress, policies and objectives. Activities are overseen by the PIMRIS Coordination Unit, which is based at the School of Marine Studies of the University of the South Pacific within the Lower Campus Library, a branch of the USP Library. Further information is available from agency contacts.