IUCN has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Under the agreement, IUCN and SPREP undertake to collaborate closely on a range of issues, and to develop a joint workplan each year.
“This is a landmark agreement with IUCN that will help us address some of the important issues across the whole range of environmental challenges for the region,” said SPREP Director, Asterio Takesy.
“We aim to support what SPREP is doing with the Pacific island countries in the region and we have a global network of expertise that we would like to coordinate with SPREP in supporting countries. IUCN is a natural partner to SPREP, ” said IUCN Regional Director, Taholo Kami.
SPREP is a regional inter-governmental organisation comprising 25 members consisting of all 21 Pacific island countries and territories, and four developed countries with direct interest in the region. Its mandate is to provide assistance in order to protect and improve the environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations.