Island Nations

Though island nations make up only about five percent of Earth’s land area, they host 17 percent of the world’s flowering plant species and nearly a fifth of its bird species.

Earth Law Center and our partners Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Conservation International Pacific Islands Programme plan to create a Convention on the Rights of the Pacific Ocean to be signed by Pacific island nations by 2020. We want to hear from you! Please fill out this questionnaire and send to by August 1, 2019.

In November 2018 the first meeting of partners and groups produced a Statement from the Collective Thinking of those present to be used to invite communities, businesses, and governments to redefine their relationships with the ocean at local, regional and global scales.

And so, we must consider the rights of the ocean. For just as those who have been treated unfairly have found it necessary to fight for and claim their rights, so too has the ocean been treated with injustice and disrespect. And so now we find it necessary to fight for the rights of the ocean.
— Henry Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands

Earth Law not only addresses the direct impacts to the ocean but makes it a legal responsibility for ocean-dependent industries to adopt holistic sustainable practices that support long-term ecosystem and economic stability and growth.

Contact us today to launch an initiative in your island nation. Email Ocean Rights Manager Michelle Bender at

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