9th Pacific islands conference on nature conservation and protected areas

Type:
Meeting or Conference
Organizer:
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Date:
02-06 Dec 2013
Location:
Fiji (Suva)
Venue:
University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus

Theme: Natural solutions: Building resilience for a changing pacific

Momentum has been gathering around the world to find natural solutions to the issues and impacts of climate change. Ecosystem services have become increasingly recognised as a fundamental approach to combat these threats to the Pacific environment and its communities. Climate change is predicted to have a range of impacts on island ecosystems and natural resources that are critical to current and future development. Some of these impacts are anticipated to be severe. It is increasingly recognised that a relevant response to these predicted impacts is the application of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches. That is, the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to the adverse effects of climate change.

By taking into account the ecosystem services on which people depend for their livelihoods and social and economic security, EbA integrates sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in a comprehensive adaptation strategy (CBD 2009)[1]. Nature conservation and its role in sustainable development, growth of blue and green economies and community resilience is a key element in EbA approaches.

It is proposed that the 9th Pacific Conference be organised within the framework of promoting natural solutions to the threats of climate change while developing community resilience through sustainable development and conservation of natural and physical resources.

Key conference objectives:

1. Review the action strategy 2008-2012 and formulate a new action strategy for 2013-2018

  • Assess progress in implementing the Principles of the Action Strategy for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region 2008-2012.
  • Discuss and agree on priorities for the Action Strategy for Nature Conservation for 2013 – 2018, taking into account the potential to strengthen its relationship to implementation of EbA to climate change in the region, and also for helping countries to meet the Aichi Targets[2].
  • Identify and agree on specific key priority issues for the next 5-year period including innovative, practical and cost effective ways to address these issues.
  • Identify and agree on specific action to promote and implement natural solutions to climate change adaptation.

2. Promote natural solutions to address impacts of climate change

  • Review status of current ecosystem-based initiatives for climate change adaptation in the Pacific.
  • Identify how such initiatives can be strengthened and more effectively applied as adaptation solutions to impacts of climate change.

3. Review national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs)

  • Assess progress in the implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans.
  • Identify priority areas to be considered in the NBSAP review process.
  • Provide a synthesis of the new priority targets for NBSAPs which will provide guidance and input to the setting of targets and priorities for the new Action Strategy for Nature Conservation.

4. CBD programme of work on protected areas (PoWPA) and programme of work on island biodiversity (PoWIB)

  • Assess progress in the implementation of the CBD PoWPA and PoWIB.
  • Discuss and agree on ways to improve the implementation of these CBD programmes of work as a means for countries to meet the Aichi Targets.

5. Capacity building, knowledge management and learning

  • Identify capacity needs and opportunities to advance conservation efforts in the Pacific.
  • Identify and develop mechanisms to deliver capacity development initiatives such as the South-South Cooperation modality.

6. Investigate and secure sustainable funding initiatives and create a framework for robust governance around nature conservation work

  • Investigate and discuss sustainable funding initiatives for long-term investment in nature conservation work within the Pacific region.
  • Obtain support for long-term funding initiatives to achieve international, regional and national nature conservation and biodiversity targets.
  • Hold a high level segment meeting with SPREP member countries and territories to discuss governance issues around nature conservation work.
  • Obtain a commitment from SPREP member country and territory governments to endorse a framework and action plan to achieve greater returns on their investments in sustainable development and nature conservation.

Expected conference outputs:

  • Implementation mechanisms identified for strengthening the development and application of natural solutions to climate change adaptation.
  • Success stories developed and shared on selected topics especially those on ecosystem based adaptation.
  • Recommendations to assist countries with the review of their NBSAPs.
  • Draft Action Strategy for Nature Conservation in the Pacific produced to guide conservation work for the next five years.
  • Support mechanisms and partnership arrangements developed to assist countries achieve the Aichi Targets, national and regional targets.
  • Mechanisms and options identified to implement Capacity Development Programmes for Nature Conservation in the Pacific.
  • New alliances and partnership forged to deliver on the Principles of the Action Strategy.


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Event fee

Standard rate - $200, PIRT members - $150, Government representatives - $100, Community representatives - $75, Student rate - $50

How to register

Please register online.


Keywords

Themes:
Capacity Development, Climate Change, Environment, Governance, Social Impacts & Resilience
Countries:
Fiji
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