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Since 1952, the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific – CPPS – is the maritime organization that coordinates regional maritime policies in order to adopt concerted positions of its Member States (Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) in international negotiations, development of the Law of the Sea, International Environmental Law and other multilateral initiatives. CPPS is engaged in a capacity-building process at the national and regional levels in the areas of science, socio-economic policy and the environment.

The coastal and marine ecosystems of the Southeast Pacific are exposed to a series of anthropogenic pressures such a pollution, costal development, overexploitation of some fisheries and illegal fishing among others, as well as pressures of natural origin such as high environmental variability (ENSO) and still unknown effects of climate change and its impacts. All these are topics that must be addressed with a systemic, regional and concerted approach.

CPPS's strategic objectives include strengthening science-based policy-making, and contributing to an informed society with social and environmental responsibility.

Area of competence The area of competence of CPPS extends to the territorial seas and EEZs of member countries, including their islands in the Pacific.
CPPS area of competence - High seas, National waters
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries. Dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

CPPS promote linkages between marine research and regional policies. It coordinates and fosters research activities related to the ecosystem approach, variability and climate change, operational oceanography, natural disaster mitigation, living and non living resources, as well as issues associated with fishing and aquaculture, including economic and social aspects and related activities. The El Niño Regional Research Program (ERFEN) Is one of the most important activities coordinated by the CPPS: Under this program 15 regional oceanographic cruises have been conducted since 1999 for the monitoring and forecasting of El Niño. A Climate Alert Bulletin has also been published for 22 consecutive years to support decision making tools for agricultural, fishing and industrial activities and risk management assessments in the region.

CPPS acts as the Executive Secretary of the Plan of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas in the Southeast Pacific, in which Panama is also included. The Plan of Action aims at the protection of the marine and coastal areas promoting the preservation of health and well-being for present and future generations. One of the main activities carried out by the Southeast Pacific Action Plan is the promotion of an effective integrated coastal zone management through the IOC/Flanders SPINCAM project which has helped to define national and regional indicators on the state of the coast, as a support tool for coastal management.

CPPS activities also promote the implementation of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the fight against illegal unreported and unregulated fishing with (IUU) and the flag States rights and responsibilities. It also sponsors activities related to fisheries management in the context of international and regional fisheries organizations, small scale fisheries, food security, conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity within and beyond national jurisdictions, climate change, genetic resources and deep seabed mineral resources. CPPS contributes to capacity building on marine environment issues, coordinates the Regular Process for Global reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment including Socio-economic Aspects in the region and participates in the coordination of the Regional Tsunami Warning System (IOC/EC).

Species and stocks coverage All living resources within its area of competence. Members

Member: Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.

Further information

Web site: http://www.cpps-int.org

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