SPC and IUCN to Increase Cooperation to Address the Pacific’s Conservation and Development Needs

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Noumea, New Caledonia – The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature signed a  memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to work together to more efficiently address issues relating to conservation and development in the Pacific
region.

The four-year MOU recognises the special expertise that the two international organisations possess in different sectors related to biodiversity conservation, such as fisheries and marine conservation, forestry, energy, food security, water and climate change.

By joining their competencies, SPC and IUCN will enable a more holistic and sustainable approach to economic and social development in the region.

“SPC welcomes the opportunity for a meaningful partnership with IUCN to help the countries of the Pacific region develop and implement a green growth strategy in the blue continent,” said SPC Director-General Dr Jimmie Rodgers.  

Mr Taholo Kami, IUCN Oceania Regional Director, said “SPC is the key regional organization that can assist Pacific Island countries in a shift from where we are today towards the green / blue economies that will secure a sustainable future – IUCN looks forward to be part of this journey with SPC.”

The joint work by SPC and IUCN aims to support each Pacific Island member to achieve the national and regional outcomes defined as priorities by Pacific leaders.

SPC is a Pacific-based international intergovernmental organisation that assists Pacific Island countries and territories by delivering a wide range of technical, research, educational and planning services. It has 26 members comprising 22 Pacific Island countries and territories and Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States of America.

IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,000 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries.  

IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN’s Regional Office for Oceania is located in Suva, Fiji.