"Our stepped-up effort includes additional funding of $3.5 million to the Pacific Community (SPC) to help address the risks to maritime boundaries from sea-level rise, and other climate change related impacts. This brings our investment on Pacific maritime boundaries to $8.5 million," the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
Australia says it has long supported Pacific island countries in defining their maritime zones and settling shared boundaries through the Pacific Maritime Boundaries Project.
"Since 2011, 15 shared boundaries have been negotiated and more than half of Pacific island states have revised their maritime zone limits and lodged this information with the United Nations.
"This initiative is in addition to a range of Australian investments to support sustainable oceans in the Pacific, including the new $16 million (2019-2025) Pacific Ocean Litter Project (POLP). POLP will implement the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter in collaboration with the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)," Foreign Affairs said.