The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation reached a turning point in its history in June 2008, with eight organisations signing a Membership Charter that commits them to improve how each of the members will work in Pacific island countries. Signing the Charter formalises membership on the Roundtable and commits organisations to becoming more transparent and accountable in implementing the newly drafted Regional Action Strategy for Nature Conservation, 2008-2012.
“The Charter reflects the collective experience of Roundtable members and our recognition that there is a need for radical change in the way we work together,” said Stuart Chape, who signed the Charter on behalf of the Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
Another signatory, Chris Margules, Director for Conservation International’s Indonesia-Pacific Field Division, added, “Most importantly, the Charter commits members to working in the interests of countries and supporting the implementation of National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans (NBSAPS). The NBSAPs outline a country’s conservation priorities and need to play a more prominent role in driving the work of conservation organisations and donors.”
“The Roundtable is a professional conservation body, which provides a valuable process for bringing strategic oversight to conservation in the region,” explained Taholo Kami, current Chair of the Roundtable and Director of the Suva-based IUCN Regional Office for Oceania. “There are many organisations working in nature conservation throughout the Pacific region and we need an effective forum to ensure accountability, transparency and coordination for conservation.”
The membership charter was also signed by the University of the South Pacific, the Pacific Applied GeoScience Commission (SOPAC), the Locally Managed Marine Area Network, the South Pacific Programme Office for WWF and The Nature Conservancy.
Other organisations will have opportunity to consider the Charter and become Roundtable members over the next three months.
For more information visit the Pacific Islands Nature Conservation Roundtable website.