Continental Shelf Programme


Submission preparation session: continental shelf delineation for southwest Pacific Island States (RECENTLY HELD EVENT)

The Continental Shelf Programme, in conjunction with our partners in the Pacific, Geosciences Australia and Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), held a work session at the University of Sydney from the 9th to the 20th of  February, 2009.

Technical teams from the nine developing states in the Pacific planning to lodge submissions for extended continental shelf – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Palau attended the session, which was the fift in a series of training workshops and work sessions dedicated to the completion of the work related to the delineation of the outer limits of the continental shelf.

The session focused on the drafting of final documents containing the legal and technical case to support the proposed outer limits of the continental shelf that have been determined at previous workshops. The goal of the workshop was for each of the states to complete a draft Executive Summary and draft Main Body document. The workshop was funded by a grant from AusAID.