1 see for example m pulea customary law relating to the environment sprep topic review 21 sprep noumea 1985 pulea argues that custom law incorporates customary practices patterns of behaviour and social norms which invoke coercive sanctions. The south pacific regional environment programme sprep is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for environmental matters in the south pacific region sprep was established to promote regional cooperation in environmental matters to assist its members to protect and improve their shared environment and to help them work . Pacific island nations share common issues problems and priorities for management of critical marine habitats and species although separated by vast distances the pacific islands are linked by the marine environment. Environmental governance however the societies of the south pacific region are diverse and their members represent multiple pluralities of opinions lifestyles and indeed laws the legally pluralist nature of south pacific states creates a challenge to law and policy makers 19. South pacific region nov 25 1986 26 ilm 38 1987 hereinafter sprep convention the sprep legal regime consists of the convention for the protection of the natural re sources and environment of the south pacific region and two accompanying protocols the
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