Johann Bell


Land use planning in the Pacific

This policy brief discusses the issue of land use planning (land use policy, land care and land use planning) in the Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) and the need for countries to formulate realistic land use policies as a means to preventing further degradation...

A regional approach to invertebrate export fisheries

Invertebrate export fisheries are persistently overfished as a result of the local population’s greater fishing capacity and growing need for cash, coupled with an expanding market in China and “fly-by-night” investment by the marine products sector with little interest in long-term sustainability. This brief paper...

Fish and food security

The right to food security is central to human development and many of the major human rights treaties. It is also implicit in Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Food security is under threat in the Pacific. Agricultural...

Fisheries and climate change

The aim of this brief is to: • alert governments to some of the risks that climate change poses to the fisheries priorities of the Pacific Plan and the actions identified in the Vava’u Declaration on Pacific Fisheries Resources; and • identify how the fishing...