The United States signed an agreement with President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kee Ree Bass) creating a "sister site" relationship between the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument, located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area near the equator in the Republic of Kiribati.
Why does it matter?
Turns out these two areas encompass 25 percent of all marine-protected areas on Earth. The partnership links the sites and is designed to enhance management knowledge and practices for these tropical and subtropical marine and terrestrial island ecosystems. The alliance will enhance the management and protection of almost 300,000 square miles of marine habitat in the Pacific Ocean.