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Conservation and sustainable development efforts in the Pacific were strengthened this week thanks to a new agreement between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Pacific Community (SPC).
The agreement will see both organisations working to identify common work areas with greatest potential impact for the Pacific region, and pooling their efforts for the benefit of the entire region.
SPC’s Director General, Dr Stuart Minchin highlighted the importance of the agreement and the urgency of the issue for the Pacific saying, “The Pacific Community and IUCN recognise the serious challenges posed by biodiversity loss and climate change in the Pacific, challenges that will take coordinated and complementary action to be overcome. Through this agreement our respective organisations are demonstrating their determination in supporting the future sustainability of this region and its people.”
In 2020, SPC and IUCN engaged in collaboration through Pacific platforms, frameworks and initiatives such as the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT), the 10th Pacific Island Conference on nature conservation and the Kiwa Initiative. This new MOU further commits and strengthens ties between to the two respective organisations in the coming year.
IUCN Oceania Regional Director Mason Smith called the agreement a milestone for the region and beyond. “There is a need now, more than ever before, for regional and international organisations to collaborate, share resources and technical knowhow when addressing issues that are critical to the survival and resilience of our communities and I look forward to working with our colleagues from SPC in the years ahead.”
The agreement recognises the unique and complementary roles of SPC and IUCN in identifying, developing and carrying out collaborative projects and activities. Specific areas of collaboration, activities and projects will be identified based on geographic, programmatic, and other relevant criteria, with early work focused on strategies to mobilise the international community in the lead-up to the World Conservation Congress, COP 15 and COP 26.
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