Two of the largest environmental organizations in the Pacific Islands region have renewed their agreement to enhance collaboration in key areas, after the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and IUCN Oceania signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week.
The MoU outlines eleven key areas where SPREP and IUCN can collaborate to implement activities that are within the mandates of both parties. The two organizations will work together on issues such as mangrove protection, invasive species management, biodiversity conservation, marine spatial planning, climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental governance, and transitions to sustainable ‘blue-green’ economies.
The two organizations will also assist their respective Member countries to comply with their international and regional environmental obligations under various fora, conventions and agreements.
“We are delighted to formalise our long-standing relationship with IUCN and to combine efforts towards our shared goal of sustainable development through improved conservation and management of the region’s natural resources,” said Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP.
“We look forward to continuing an effective partnership with SPREP that engages Pacific people and assists Pacific countries in shaping their societies, developing their economies and managing and conserving their beautiful natural environment – both ocean and islands!” said Mr Taholo Kami, Regional Director for IUCN Oceania.
The MoU was signed at the launch of the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands region 2014—2020: a partnership platform, held during the Third International UN Conference on Small Island Developing States last week in Apia, Samoa.