Te Au o Te Moana: Responsibilty for Healthy Water Ecosystems
Samoa was a multidisciplinary forum on aquatic ecosystems for collaborative planning. It contributed to an ethos of responsibility for aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity in the Pacific, including intergenerational responsibility. It constituted the first step of a 5 year project that will implement case studies or action research that will work with whole systems for integrated governance and management for the health of aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity enhancement
Te Au o Te Moana is a project created in response to the pollution and degradation of our aquatic ecosystems and in recognition that we need a complex integrated response to a complex integrated problem. The initial meeting in
Purpose and key aspects Te Au o Te Moana – Across
- Reference to an ethics of Responsibility
Responsibility is an ethical approach to the environmental crisis, with awareness and action relating to our individual and collective impact on peoples and places. Responsibility is complementary to Human Rights, and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and expands the scope of international and local action for sustainability.
- Multidisciplinary knowledge management.
Oceania-Te Au o Te Moana is a collaborative, multidisciplinary, whole systems approach to governance and management of water ecosystems. Samoameeting, participants are invited to continue to be involved through case studies and research, based on current work programmes, on aspects of aquatic systems. An ongoing collaborative dimension will be supported by the Across Oceania project.
- Integrated governance
This is a whole system approach to guide the decision making path. It is leadership based on an ethics of responsibility and collective accountability. It includes prioritizing indigenous systems of governance and management and elevating indigenous interests in environmental outcomes.