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Clearly this compendium could not have been undertaken if the individual country reports hadnít first been undertaken.† We thank all those collators and contributors to both the full surveys and the desk reviews of each of the countries that are captured in the References above.† While there were times when we have decided not to use all the sites suggested in some of these reports, we have nevertheless found the text and documentation priceless in terms of getting to understand better the situations and circumstances in each of the countries.† Special thanks must go to James Millett who initiated the array of desk reviews that have contributed substantially to this document.†
The process of collating and presenting the information in this document was made so much easier by the patient encouragement and considered advice of Lincoln Fishpool, Mike Evans and Ben Lascelles at BirdLife International Cambridge.† They have stoically put up with all sorts of madcap requests and suggestions and politely managed to steer us back on target on many occasions in the last three months.† Finally many thanks to all the other staff in the BirdLife Fiji office who have encouraged and supported us, and politely humoured us when times got tough.† It has been so much easier to produce this as a consequence.†
This compendium is in no way meant to compare with the major reports on IBA distribution across continents, rather it is a call to arms in the Pacific Region to indicate just how much has been identified, how much still needs to be done and, hopefully, just how much benefit will come from the site conservation that the IBA programme is intended to deliver.