Elizabeth Erasito is the new Regional Deputy Vice Chair for Oceania for IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Elizabeth will lead the WCPA network in the region, particularly for the Pacific Islands.
WCPA is one of IUCN’s six commissions, and the world’s premier network of protected area expertise. It is administered by IUCN’s Programme on Protected Areas and has over 1,400 members, spanning 140 countries. WCPA works by helping governments and others plan protected areas and integrate them into all sectors; by providing strategic advice to policy makers: by strengthening capacity and investment in protected areas; and by convening the diverse constituency of protected area stakeholders to address challenging issues. For more than 50 years, IUCN and WCPA have been at the forefront of global action on protected areas. WCPA has nine terrestrial regions, including the Oceania region.
Elizabeth has over ten years experience in the conservation arena in Fiji and currently chairs Fiji’s Protected Areas Committee appointed by the National Environment Council. She is also a member of the Fiji Management Authority for CITES and the Advisory Board for the Institute for Applied Sciences.
Elizabeth was a key figure in re-establishing the World Heritage process in Fiji. In her current role as Director of National Trust of Fiji, she focuses on management of sites of heritage significance in Fiji.
Elizabeth will work to build membership of the commission in the Pacific Islands.