The Conference features the following components and session types
The Conference components comprise a series of plenary and parallel sessions, a high-level segment, and the opportunity to be part of a number of ceremonies and receptions. A range of session types will be explored over the week.
At specific times in the agenda, the conference will have with plenary sessions, which will focus on overall themes closely aligned with the conference objectives. The plenaries are aimed at framing the discussions around which the breakaway sessions will develop. Each plenary will host some speakers, including a moderator/facilitator, and will provide a short segment for Q & A from the floor.
The parallel sessions are based on the 6 major themes of the Conference (Thematic streams). The sessions aim to develop the ideas highlighted in the plenaries. They can take many different forms. Most breakaway sessions are open to the Call for speakers/sessions organisers.
The purpose of this segment is to convene all the countries and other actors present to discuss the draft regional challenges, framework objectives, targets and regional priorities for action. It will take the form of a meeting with an opening statement, a keynote address, specific side events (a ministers meeting, an event for civil society and an event for youth) followed by a general debate with statements and commitments. The aim of the segment is to result in a harmonised vision on the way forward. This vision will be expressed in a declaration/action plan.
In close collaboration with the host government of this 10th conference, the Opening Ceremony aims to set and explain the overall agenda for the Conference. It includes an official handover of the hosting responsibility from the previous Host. Once the High-Level Segment has ended and the Host officially declares the Conference closed, the Closing Ceremony, organised by the Host country, takes place. This is the moment to announce the new PIRT Chair, summarize key commitments and next steps, and provide closing remarks.
The host government offers a reception after both the opening and closing ceremonies The closing reception will also act as the Pacific Islands Environment Leadership Awards (PIELA) Ceremony where six awards will be presented.
Keynote addresses are part of plenary sessions and will focus on overall themes closely aligned with the conference objectives and aimed at framing the discussions around which the thematic stream sessions will develop. Keynote speakers are high level experts on specific subject matter.
These sessions are breakaway sessions and based on the 6 major themes of the Conference. The sessions aim to develop the ideas highlighted in the State of Conservation-Oceania 2020 assessment. These sessions are open to the Call for speakers/sessions.
Panel Sessions fostering debate between high-level participants on emerging issues, lessons learned, innovative solutions to ongoing conservation challenges. Some of these sessions are open to the Call for speakers/session organisers.
These breakaway sessions engage participants, who will be expected to share their knowledge and know-how. These sessions are open to the Call for speakers/session organisers.
Within the thematic streams, these breakaway sessions will allow participants to showcase nature conservation work and achievements related to the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region (2014-2020). The focus of the sessions is not on pitching projects but on the actions that were realised, and the lessons learnt. Inputs of these sessions will be used in a post conference good practises publication. Each session will feature a dynamic short presentation of 1-2 experience, followed by Q&A with the audience. These sessions are open to the Call for speakers/session organisers.
Conservation future planning laboratories (labs)
The Conservation future planning labs focus on the development of new Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region. The labs aim to generate final ideas related to the vision, mission, outcome/goals, objectives and targets, code of conduct/principles of the new Framework. This format will enable different stakeholders to come together and jointly create the momentum that will help them advance in setting the regional agenda.
Conservation action cafés
The Conservation Action Cafés, inspired by the concept of World Cafés, focus on the development of new Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region. The cafés aim to advance in defining regional priorities for action. This format will enable different stakeholders to come together and jointly create the momentum that will help the uptake of the Framework.
The Conservation Hacketons are out of the box-sessions focusing on tackling Pacific nature conservation challenges.
The exhibition space will offer participants an opportunity to learn about the most recent developments, latest publications, cutting-edge solutions and key partnerships that will drive conservation in the upcoming years. The exhibition space will also provide a unique platform for Conference sponsors to showcase their latest innovations in the areas of sustainable development and nature conservation.
Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) Knowledge Hub
The main objective of the PIRT Knowledge Hub will be to showcase and promote the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT).