Sharing lessons at roundtable

Conservation project-related lessons was the highlight of the latest meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT), held in Honiara, Solomon Islands on April 23 – 24.

Posa Skelton of SPREP is an expert on invasive species in the Pacific.

The PIRT strives to meet with its 12 member organizations twice every year to ensure effective implementation of the five year -Action Strategy for Nature Conservation in the Pacific Island Region, adopted in 2008.

“We heard lessons from projects being implemented by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Micronesia Challenge, Coral Triangle Initiative (Solomon Islands), USP/Eco-Nesians and Locally Managed Marine Areas Network,” says Etika Rupeni, PIRT Coordinator. “Each project emphasized the need for greater partnership and striking the balance between large conservation commitments and effective on-the-ground conservation management.”

The latest declaration from the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) was also discussed, in particular the Melanesian Terrestrial Commitment and the Blue Carbon Initiative. The members present agreed that the declaration by the MSG will need new ways of conservation ‘action’ such as developing new funds and stronger participation of the private sector.

IUCN Oceania's Regional Director is the current chair of the PIRT.

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