Protecting Niue

Mike Bhana, Wildfilm Ltd

Oceans 5 supports local non-profit Tofia Niue, in partnership with Government of Niue in the Niue Ocean Wide (NOW) project to conserve and sustainably manage Niue’s waters.

Niue is the largest raised atoll on earth. Nestled between Tonga and the Cook Islands, the little-known Polynesian country is concerned that the current paradigm for piecemeal ocean management is not optimal nor reflective of its true value. In 2015, Niue launched the NOW project, aiming to improve livelihoods of Niueans through the conservation and sustainable use of the entire 316,584 km2 exclusive economic zone (EEZ). By creating tightly-managed resource use zones and a world-class marine reserve, Niue’s global profile as a pristine eco-tourism destination will rise, as will its contribution to global marine conservation.

The project expects to strengthen the partnership between the Government of Niue, civil society and the private sector. Activities include stakeholder consultations, scientific analysis, educational workshops and development of marine management and enforcement/compliance plans.    

In October 2017, at the Our Ocean Conference, Niue announced its intent to fully protect 40 percent (126,000 km2) of its EEZ. The Niue Government is expected to finalize the sustainable management plan and protected area by the end of 2019.