The conference programme is characterised by four building blocks:
1. Conference theme and objectives; 2. the Methodology; 3.Thematic streams; and 4. Cross-cutting streams

The conference theme and objectives

The theme of this conference is Nature Conservation Action for a Resilient Pacific.

The conference objectives are focussed on:

  • Informing about and analyse the State of Conservation in Oceania in 2020
  • Reviewing progress towards the achievement of regional and global commitments 
  • Reviewing the current Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas
  • Creating a framework for robust governance around nature conservation work for the next inter-conference period
  • Investigating and securing sustainable funding initiatives
  • Strengthen Pacific nature conservation capacity and stimulate knowledge management and learning related to biodiversity conservation
A methodology

The conference aims to bring together 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. It does so because it aims to develop a new Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region for the following years. Given that purpose, the activities of the conference are programmed from the perspective of a daily focus. Each day has a different focus and the flow starts with analysing the current status, actions and learning in nature conservation. This analysis is then used as an input for future nature conservation planning for the Pacific region.

Thematic streams

These are a few well-defined areas in the world of nature conservation and are also linked to the current objectives of the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region (SPREP 2014) as well as to the working groups of the PIRT. These streams support telling the story of the conference. Given their importance for the conference narrative, there will be on each day sessions devoted to each stream. There are 6 thematic streams:

  1. People and nature conservation action

  2. Economic development and biodiversity conservation

  3. Safeguarding priority sites, including culture heritage

  4. Safeguarding species and genetic diversity

  5. Threats to biodiversity

  6. Monitoring, governing and financing nature conservation action

Crosscutting themes

Themes that cut across all of the thematic streams. We opted to mainstream three themes (islands, ocean, traditional knowledge) to render context-specific complexity manageable without running into the pitfalls of oversimplification and silo thinking. We opt for mainstreaming a transversal approach because we believe such an approach allows for a more “systemic” reading of the state and challenges related to nature conservation in the region.

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More information about the conference schedule and agenda will be coming soon.

Programme concept

Please note that the programme is under development and that its contents may be subject to change.