WCPA Regional Deputy Vice Chair for Oceania

14 April 2009 | News story
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Elizabeth Erasito is the new Regional Deputy Vice Chair for Oceania for IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Elizabeth will lead the WCPA network in the region, particularly for the Pacific Islands.

WCPA is one of IUCN’s six commissions, and the world’s premier network of protected area expertise. It is administered by IUCN’s Programme on Protected Areas and has over 1,400 members, spanning 140 countries. WCPA works by helping governments and others plan protected areas and integrate them into all sectors; by providing strategic advice to policy makers: by strengthening capacity and investment in protected areas; and by convening the diverse constituency of protected area stakeholders to address challenging issues. For more than 50 years, IUCN and WCPA have been at the forefront of global action on protected areas. WCPA has nine terrestrial regions, including the Oceania region.

Elizabeth has over ten years experience in the conservation arena in Fiji and currently chairs Fiji’s Protected Areas Committee appointed by the National Environment Council. She is also a member of the Fiji Management Authority for CITES and the Advisory Board for the Institute for Applied Sciences.

Elizabeth was a key figure in re-establishing the World Heritage process in Fiji. In her current role as Director of National Trust of Fiji, she focuses on management of sites of heritage significance in Fiji.
Elizabeth will work to build membership of the commission in the Pacific Islands.


1 Graeme Kelleher
Congratulations!!!!! If you need any help on PAs, particularly MPAs, or on any subject, I'd like to help. By the way, I designed the two big MPAs in Samoa.
June 2, 2009 - 12:05
2 Peter Hunnam
Well done Elizabeth. That is good news! I am now based partly in Timor Leste, partly in Brisbane, so please let me know if you need help at any time. Best wishes to all in Ma'afu Street.
May 11, 2009 - 08:46
3 Lai Waqa
Well done Mrs. Elizabeth Erasito. Congratulations on your appointment
May 1, 2009 - 06:25
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