IUCN Welcomes Fiji as New State Member

25 June 2009 | News story

The Government of Fiji has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by adhering to the IUCN Statutes. The Department of Environment has been designated by the Government of Fiji as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat.

IUCN extends its warmest welcome to Fiji, a country which enjoys a rich and unique biological diversity. Being a central Pacific archipelago, its physiographic, geological and climatic characteristics have facilitated the establishment and evolution of various known ecosystems, as well as a remarkable plant and animal species diversity. The diversity of Fiji’s natural resources, its history, its cultural diversity and its social and economic conditions make us proud to welcome this country as a State Member of our organization.


The Government of Fiji is a signatory to key environmental conventions, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Ramsar Convention, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.


In addition to the State member, Fiji is home to two IUCN NGO members. The IUCN Regional Programme Office for Oceania has operated in Suva, Fiji, since 2007 and actively supports governments and civil society in the region in various nature conservation fields, such as protected areas, species monitoring and conservation, , public-private partnerships and international cooperation.


“We look forward to working with the people of Fiji in keeping their environment, and incredible heritage, healthy for future generations,” says Taholo Kami, Director for IUCN’s Regional Office for Oceania.


Contact person: Helen Pippard, Membership Focal Point, IUCN Regional Office for Oceania, Tel: +679 3319-084, Email: helen.pippard@iucn.org, www.iucn.org/oceania