The regional Nature Conservation and Protected Areas conference that has met every 4-7 years since 1975.

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

PNG

9th Conference

2013

Natural solutions: building resilience for a changing Pacific

Fiji

The current Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region 2014-2020 is a key product of the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas which was held in Suva, Fiji in November 2013. The current Framework was developed based on extensive consultative process including a review of the previous Action Strategy (2008-2012), and a series of consultations held with SPREP Members, PIRT Members, regional and international partners, community groups as well as with participants at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.

The current Framework provides guidance for the Pacific region on key priorities for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management. It includes linkages to the global Aichi Biodiversity targets with linkages to countries’ National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and provides a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of conservation efforts.