Fiji to host the 9th Pacific Nature Conservation and Protected Areas Conference
Published 19 April 2013 - Fiji will host the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas this December, the theme of which is Natural Solutions in a Changing Pacific.
Coordinated in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Pacific Roundtable for Nature Conservation, this is the largest conservation-focused meeting in the Pacific and will bring together participants from many countries and interests, ranging from scientists, to politicians and community leaders.
"Protecting Pacific biodiversity and the ecosystems that support the livelihoods of communities and the national development aspirations of island countries has become more urgent as the region faces the prospect of major environmental change resulting from climate change and other pressures," said Mr. Stuart Chape, the Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management at SPREP.
"The 9th nature conservation and protected areas conference to be held in Fiji 2-6 December this year is part of an ongoing process to develop and make relevant the region's conservation agenda that started in 1975."