ORO CEESP Focal Point
Mr. Etika Qica Rupeni
Etika Rupeni has over 16 years experience in conservation and development in the Pacific with significant experience in designing and implementing conservation and development projects. Most of his work has had particular emphasis on raising awareness and building the capacities of coastal communities.
He has undertaken various roles within IUCN Oceania Regional Office (ORO) including: Regional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation; Learning Coordinator for the ADB funded Coral Triangle Initiative in the Pacific and assisted various Pacific Islands countries to develop their National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP) implementation plans.
Prior to joining IUCN ORO, Etika worked for the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI) as the Regional Programme Manager Communities and Coasts. He led the implementation of FSPI's marine conservation programs in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu. Etika also held various programme management roles with WWF South Pacific Program and Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji Country Program and focused a lot on the development and management of Fiji-based conservation projects in marine, forest, watershed, climate adaptation and eco-regional planning programmes.
He is one of the founding members of the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas Network (FLMMA) and assisted in developing the region LMMA network. Before joining the Pacific conservation field, Etika worked 10 year for an international relief organization called Mercy Ships International and was responsible for managing the training and field missions of volunteers in humanitarian aid in Central America, Caribbean, East and West Africa and Eastern Europe, as well as undertaking humanitarian social work with indigenous peoples in United States and Canada. He holds Bachelor of Business Studies and Diploma in Technical Teaching from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.