The Pacific Maritime Boundaries Consortium meeting is underway. Many in the School of Geosciences will recognise the faces of participants, as this is their 19th visit to the University since the project began.
Professor Elaine Baker says “this year’s two week long working session focuses on completing negotiations for outstanding maritime boundaries, developing the legal framework for National Ocean Policies and discussing the Pacific position on the impact of sea level rise on maritime boundaries. In addition to representatives from 14 Pacific Island states and our 6 consortium partner organisations, this year we welcome missions from New Zealand and the United States.
Photo attached – L-R Amy Stern US Attorney Advisor, Amanda Williams US Department of State, Francella Strickland Samoa Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Telesia Sila Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Felisita Heather Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Constance Tafua-Rivers Samoa Assistant Attorney General. These high level women are negotiating the maritime boundary between Samoa and American Samoa.