Honorable Gordon Darcy Lilo, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands recently accepted the challenge to take on the role as champion for conservation of species and biodiversity at a regional and international level on the request of the the Pacific Islands Species Forum in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Green Growth Coordinator for IUCN, Feiiloakitau Tevi said “ The Prime Minister is keen on advocating the special case for biodiversity in the region as well as calling for support to deal with the challenges of conservation”
Priority conservation issues tabled at the Pacific Islands Species Forum include: consolidation of existing data on species into a regional database, inventories and checklists; prioritization of species for further research and inclusion in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and increased communication of the Pacific's successful conservation stories.
The Pacific Species Forum will be held every second year with the next one in 2014 and likely to be coordinated by the University of the South Pacific and Roundtable Partners.
The government of Solomon Islands is a State Member of IUCN.
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