“We are the sea….we must wake up this ancient truth” (Epeli Hau’ofa)
Within the vastness of the Pacific Ocean lies a “sea of islands”. These islands are rich in a diversity of cultures each fundamentally shaped by the interaction between people and the sea that surrounds and connects the many islands of this region. For the oceanic people of this region, the sea is home.
But with such a rich ocean scape, the South Pacific Region is the focus of many ocean initiatives and programmes. Initial work of the One Ocean Hub in the region consists of a contextual analysis placing the Hub research within this space and rooting it in Pacific legitimacy.
This ground work (Work Package zero) represents a sequential analysis to identify target research areas within the Pacific Islands of Fiji and Solomon Islands. The identified research areas will be focused around relevant articulations of development issues located within Fiji and Solomon Islands and will be validated to ensure that transdisciplinary research with Pacific legitimacy can lead to benefits for communities reliant on the ocean and those empowered to safeguard it.