Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pacific Voyage to Hyderabad, India, CBD COP 11

Exhibition booths at the CBD COP 11, the Pacific Voyage will join these in showcasing work.
6 October, 2012, CBD COP 11, Hyderabad, India -The Pacific Voyage is the name of the campaign in Hyderabad India to raise the profile of the Pacific region at the 11th Conference of the Parties.  A number of initiatives will take place under this campaign that will highlight the biodiversity successes in the region, to the international community.

A special event on the evening of October 18, titled The Pacific Voyage: Nature Protects if She is Protected, will be held.  This event will highlight and showcase the nature conservation work in the region as well as to launch the 9th Pacific Island Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas to be held in Fiji, 2013.   Guest speakers for the event include the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Urban Development and Environment of Fiji – Col. Samuela Saumatua and Mr. David Sheppard the Director General of SPREP, amongst others.

The Pacific will have a special booth at the CEPA Fair (Communication, Education and Public Awareness) for which Pacific delegates have been asked to come with display materials and resources to exhibit and give way.

“We also have other activities under way as part of the Pacific Voyage,” said Nanette Woonton, SPREP’s Media and Public Relations Officer.

“During the preparatory meeting we prepared a communications plan with all the Pacific countries and realized that we ourselves are the best to share messages of our work in the region.  We have prepared tools to help our Pacific countries meet and network with other partners at this event to share the nature conservation work in the region.”

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have prepared pocket Compasses for the Pacific delegates with tips to help them through negotiations, a generic unified Pacific business card has been designed to share with others that detail the Pacific biodiversity blogsite, side event as well as special postcards about the 9th Pacific Island Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.  The unified business card and postcards will be shared amongst the Pacific delegates.

Save the Date!  Island Innovations!
 “The Pacific islands will also be represented during a special Island Bright Spots event coordinated by the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), this will be an opportunity for all islands to come together and exchange their island innovations and successes with a roundtable discussion during the day and an Island Life Celebration in the evening.”

During this event SPREP will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

For more information on the Pacific voyage or the Island Innovations Event please email Ms. Nanette Woonton

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