ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Nature Conservation and Protected Areas conference has become the principle 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 identified by Pacific members, as well as with global conservation commitments that Pacific members are Party to, in particular, the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as other environment-related international agreements.


Each conference has generated an Action Strategy as a guiding framework for Nature Conservation for the following 4-7 years. The Action Strategy or Framework is the key over-arching or cross-cutting strategy for biodiversity conservation in the Pacific Islands Region. It is an important guide for Pacific island countries and territory governments, NGOs and regional organisations to better align and harmonise their work around an agreed conservation strategy that meets both global and national objectives and can be used to leverage funds from donor partners.

The subsequent conference has reviewed progress achieved against the Action Strategy before defining a new strategy for Pacific regional priorities for the years ahead.

what is the purpose?

We organize the conference because, as a region, we want to:

  • Influence the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

  • Guide and innovate conservation action at a national and regional level in Oceania

  • Secure sustainable funding for nature conservation in Oceania

what are the objectives?

conference

number

year

theme

venue

1st conference

1975

National Parks and Reserves

New Zealand

2ND CONFERENCE

1979

National Parks and Reserves

AUSTRALIA

3RD CONFERENCE

1985

Traditional conservation
knowledge and practice

SAMOA

4TH CONFERENCE

1989

The role of protected areas in
sustaining Pacific Island societies

vanuatu

5TH CONFERENCE

1993

Community involvement in conserving biodiversity in the South Pacific

tonga

6TH CONFERENCE

1997

Tools for Conservation

Federated States of Micronesia

7TH CONFERENCE

2002

Mainstreaming nature conservation

COOK ISLANDS

8TH CONFERENCE

2007

Conservation serving communities in a rapidly changing world

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

9TH CONFERENCE

2013

NATURAL SOLUTIONS: BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR CHANGING PACIFIC

FIJI

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