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September 17, 2013 by admin
General News
On the 17th of September a side event hosted at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme featured Mr. David Sheppard - Director General of SPREP; Mr. Stuart Chape, Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management Division, SPREP; Mr. Peter Thomas, Action Strategy Review Consultant, TierraMar Consultancy Ltd and; Ms. Eleni Tokaduadua of the Government of Fiji.

Action Strategy
Ms. Eleni Tokaduadua, Fiji presents an update to the room on the preparations of the
9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

The focus of this side event was to update country representatives and conservation partners on the Action Strategy Review process. The process, led by Peter Thomas of TierraMar Consulting Ltd, began in July, and will culminate in three outputs:

• the review of the 2008-2012 Action Strategy for Nature Conservation;
• a draft Action Strategy for 2013-2018 to be adopted at the Ninth Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, to be held in Suva, Fiji from 2-6 December, and;
• an overall project report, to be submitted by February, 2014.

Preceded by the distribution of questionnaires, first to Pacific Island Round Table members and then to country representatives, to gauge stakeholder perception of the current Action Strategy, developed as an outcome of the Eighth Pacific Nature Conference in 2007; the side event brought together conservation partners, SPREP member country representatives, and programme staff to raise awareness of the status of the Action Strategy Review Process, while also preparing stakeholders to contribute to the review process.

Much discussion was generated during the event, with a major point being the format and focus of the next Nature Conservation Action Strategy and it's alignment with priorities outlined in the SPREP Action Plan 2011-2015, and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). Similarly, the alignment of the next Action Strategy for Nature Conservation with existing regional and international strategies was also discussed in detail.

Member countries, in particular emphasised the need to integrate the new Action Strategy into national development priorities.

" That the Action Strategy is aligned with international agreements is well and good, but it needs to reflect National Priorities and the biodiversity conservation needs of member countries," said Dr Melchior Mataki, the Permanent Secretary of the Solomon Islands Ministry for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology.