The Nature Conservation and Protected Areas conference is the key opportunity to set a Pacific based and initiated agenda for Pacific conservation for the next four-seven years.
Date: Tuesday-Friday, 24-27 November 2020
The decline in biodiversity across the Pacific continues at an alarming rate and contributes to high levels of loss globally. The Pacific still faces alarming rates of habitat degradation and loss that could exceed irreversible thresholds, challenging the resilience of many species and ecosystems, including mangroves and terrestrial forests driven by a range of development pressures. This compounds the impacts on coral reefs that are already declining as a result of climate change, reefs that are vital for food security, livelihoods, tourism and coastal protection.
These risks are exacerbated by the acceleration of trade and human migrations leading to increased risk of native species being replaced by invasive alien species. The conference theme highlights the need for urgent and real action now, and the need to think beyond what we are currently doing and to the needs of future generations.
The theme for the conference is Nature Conservation Action for a Resilient Pacific, with effective conservation and management of biodiversity critical for ensuring Pacific island countries and territories are resilient and adaptable to a changing world. The Pacific Islands’ rich biodiversity and valuable ecosystem services also underpin tourism, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; the food, livelihoods, health and water security of communities; and is key to providing resilience and viable adaptation responses to changing climates and environment.
The conference will explore the following thematic streams:
- People and nature conservation action
- Economic development and biodiversity conservation
- Safeguarding priority sites, including cultural heritage
- Safeguarding species and genetic diversity
- Threats to biodiversity
- Monitoring, governing and financing nature conservation action
For more information, visit the official event page. We look forward to your active participation!