The Apia Convention was in place for twenty-six years.

The Eighth Conference of the Parties in 2008 decided to suspend the Convention until further notice.

The Convention on Conservation of Nature in the South Pacific is a multilateral environmental agreement signed in Apia in the 12th of July 1976, and entered into force in 1990.

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Overview

The Convention on Conservation of Nature in the South Pacific is a multilateral environmental agreement signed in Apia in the 12th of July 1976, and entered into force in 1990.

The main objective of the Convention is to commit the Parties to take action for the conservation, utilisation and development of the natural resources of the South Pacific region through careful planning and management for the benefit of present and future generations.

Parties’ commitments:

In order to pursue the objective of the Convention the Parties:

  • undertake to create protected areas to safeguard representative samples of natural ecosystems, superlative scenery, striking geological formations and regions and objects of aesthetic, historic, cultural or scientific value (art.2).
  • are committed to not alter national parks so as to reduce their area except after the fullest investigation; their resources are not to be subject to commercial exploitation; hunting and collection of species are to be prohibited and provision is to be made for visitors (art. 3).
  • agree to maintain lists of indigenous fauna and flora in danger of extinction and to give such species as complete protection as possible (art. 5).
  • provision may be made as appropriate for customary use of areas and species in accordance with traditional cultural practices (art. 6).

Amendments were proposed in order to keep the Apia Convention operational, however these efforts failed.

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Dates of signature and ratification

 

Apia Convention

Australia

X

Cook Is

X

FSM

 

Fiji

X

France

X

Kiribati

 

Marshall Is

 

Nauru

 

New Zealand

 

Niue

 

Palau

 

PNG

 

Samoa

X

Solomon Is

 

Tonga

 

Tuvalu

 

UK

 

USA

 

Vanuatu

 

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Conference of the Parties: 

National reporting: 

Format for National Reports

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Revision of the Convention

Amendments to the Convention, 2000 (not in force)

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