IUCN’s Regional Programme for Oceania is partnering with the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) to host the second annual Pacific Future Environment Leaders Forum in Suva this week.
The Pacific Future Environment Leaders Forum brings together 40 young professionals from around the Pacific to examine the role of leadership in the fight to combat climate change. Participants will examine what it means to be a good leader in the Pacific and how good leadership is vital to the process of countering the effects of climate change, a pressing issue for Pacific island countries and their communities.
“The development and nurturing of good leadership amongst the youth of today will serve the Pacific well into the future,” says Director of IUCN’s Oceania Programme, Taholo Kami.
“We want to see a cadre of motivated, caring and inspired individuals working together with their communities towards real and lasting changes in our region’s conservation, natural resource management and overall development practices,” says Mr Kami. “This Forum offers aspiring leaders a chance to reflect critically on their own leadership qualities.”
The forum aims to provide participants with the skills and support that will empower these ‘future leaders’ to build partnerships and momentum within their communities to foster adaptation to climate change.
Participants will explore areas such as Leadership for the Future, Adapting to Climate Change and Engaging People in Community Based Projects throughout the three day forum. The Forum participants will also develop their Vision for Leadership on Climate Change, to be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona later this year.
IUCN staff member, Luisa Tagicakibau, will be attending the Forum on behalf of the recently formed Young Professionals in Conservation Network in Fiji.
The Forum, which is being held at Suva’s Southern Cross Hotel from 12-14 March 2008, is a joint initiative between SPREP, USP and IUCN with funding from the British High Commission, Suva.