Two of the world’s largest conservation organizations, IUCN and WWF, have agreed to formalize the collaboration of their efforts in the Pacific Islands to help the region achieve sustainable development and resource management.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today between IUCN’s Oceania Regional Office and WWF Pacific to formalise the areas that the two organizations will collaborate on. These areas include promoting of a sustainable ‘green-blue’ economy, engaging the private sector in sustainable development, improving sustainable management systems for coastal fisheries, and establishing long-term financing mechanisms for conservation. IUCN Oceania and WWF have already been collaborating on a number of initiatives including in the areas of sustainable transport and coastal management.
“IUCN and WWF have many historical ties, globally and in the Pacific. Central to the mission of both organisations is the need to conserve our biodiversity and our environment, while utilizing our natural resources; this being the basis of sustainable development” said Mr Taholo Kami, Regional Director for IUCN Oceania.
“Joint planning and programming by IUCN and WWF is an area we look forward to developing, in the pursuit of the sustainability of the countries and the region’s biological and ecological resource. WWF looks forward to kick starting this process so as to utilise each organisation’s unique skill sets and areas of special influence” said Ms Kesaia Tabunakawai, WWF Representative for the Pacific.
Ms Tabunakawai added that WWF and IUCN are tightly linked at both the global and regional level and this MoU will ensure they are able to further cement this relationship and work towards the sustainable management of natural resources in the Pacific.