The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) as coordinator of the STRONG High Seas project has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Secretariat of the Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur (CPPS; Permanent Commission for the South Pacific).
CPPS is a regional intergovernmental organisation based in Guayaquil, Ecuador, which seeks to coordinate the maritime policies of its member States (Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) and encourages their collaboration in the Southeast Pacific region. The CPPS is one of the regional partner organisations of the STRONG High Seas Project and therefore a critical partner in the implementation of the project.
As both IASS and CPPS recognise the importance of coordinated regional action with regard to ocean governance and the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, a joint partnership was created and formalised in the MoU. The purpose of the MoU is the establishment of a formal working relationship between the two organisations for the implementation of the STRONG High Seas project. Specifically, the MoU provides the framework for the exchange of technical and legal knowledge, the facilitation and organisation of regional workshops and trainings, and provides links between the STRONG High Seas Project and relevant government agencies of member States.