Welcome to the Pacific Maritime Boundaries Dashboard
This dashboard is the regional platform for sharing progress and relevant information on Pacific island maritime boundaries and zones. The information displayed has been prepared and deposited with the United Nations by Pacific Island Countries and Territories with support from the Pacific Maritime Boundaries Consortium of Partners and through the Pacific Maritime Boundaries Program.
What are maritime boundaries?
Maritime zones and boundaries offer economic, social, cultural, and sustainable development opportunities to coastal states around the world. From territorial waters (12NM), to exclusive economic zones (200NM), to extended continental shelf areas, these zones determine what it is within the sovereign rights and responsibilities of a country under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Clearly defined maritime zones underpin the governance, peace and security, marine conservation, and natural resource management of the Blue Pacific. By defining and declaring their maritime zones, Pacific island countries are contributing toward Strategic Priority 1 of the Pacific Oceanscape Framework as well as achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 14.C- enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing UNCLOS.
The 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories manage 20% of the world’s Exclusive Economic Zones.
There are 48 shared boundaries in the Pacific. 35 of these bilateral boundaries have been placed under treaty since 1973.
6 member States out of the 14 have yet to declare high seas boundaries
20th regional technical and legal working session on maritime boundaries have been held since 2005. The most recent session in September 2021 included 31% of women.