There have been nine Nature Conservation and Protected Areas Conferences in the Pacific since 1975 with the last conference being held in Fiji in November 2013.
The 10th Conference is to be held 20- 24 April 2020, prior to the end of the United Nations Decade for Biodiversity 2011-2020. This gives the Pacific an important opportunity to review progress on the achievement of global conservation targets the Aichi targets and to influence the global vision for conservation beyond 2020.
Nature conservation programmes in the Pacific are guided by the regional conservation conference that has met on average every 5 years since 1975. The Nature Conservation and Protected Areas Conference has become the principal conference of government agencies, NGOs, community-based organisations, donor agencies and individual experts concerned with conservation science and practice in the Pacific Islands region.
The conference is the key opportunity to set a Pacific based and initiated agenda for Pacific conservation for the next four – seven years. This agenda must align both with the National Biodiversity Strategies, as well as with global conservation commitments that Pacific Members are party to, in particular the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Historically a regional conservation document has been prepared and adopted at the Conference called an Action Strategy, and since the 9th Conference in 2013 the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, which guides regional conservation effort until the next conference. The current Framework covers the period 2014-2020.
The 10th Nature conference is the first conservation related conference in 2020 within the region and globally, and will set the direction for conservation beyond 2020 for the region, and will define the ‘Pacific voice’ and messages that will be shared with the world.
Participation in the Conference has grown with each event over the past decade. The most recent conference in Fiji had around 800 participants from a very wide range of stakeholder groups including Pacific island governments, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs, donors, development partners, community groups, youth groups and interested individuals.
A conference planning committee will lead the development of the agenda and the outcomes for the Conference. However, there are a few key standard outcomes that the Conference addresses: