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Project Goal and Objective
Goal: “To improve the well-being of Pacific Island communities by applying an ecosystem approach to the conservation of ecosystems, species and genetic diversity in the Pacific region

Objective: "Contribute to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Island Biodiversity Programme of Work by supporting an integrated ecosystem approach to the biodiversity conservation management at the local level in the four Pacific countries."

Outcomes
  • Main measures which will lead to the improved conservation status of priority threatened species are identified and plans made for their implementation (consistent with selected outcomes set out in the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work – IBPOW).
  • Identify main measures which will lead to the improved conservation status of priority threatened terrestrial ecosystems, consistent with selected outcomes set out in the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPOW).
  • Means to improve conservation status of priority threatened marine ecosystems identified, consistent with selected outcomes set out in the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPOW).
  • Plans for the sustainable use populations of native species that have been traditionally harvested arte developed with full stakeholder participation.
  • Improved information systems and processes are planned or are in place in relevant agencies, to support implementation of the IBPOW.
  • Country personnel, particularly coordinators, provided with technical support and training needed to deliver the project.
 
Expected results
  • Monitoring has been undertaken to provide initial information on current trends. Further recovery plans developed. Populations of species of selected taxonomic groups restored, maintained, or their decline substantially reduced.
  • Areas of particular importance to island biodiversity are protected (or planned to be protected) through a comprehensive and effectively managed national and regional protected area network.
  • Agreements are in place for the formation of new conservation areas and formalisations in progress.
  • Plans are in place for the sustainable use of populations of native species that have been traditionally harvested.
  • Information collected and storage completed. New legislation, regulations in place and increased capacity built for communities to manage conservation areas.

Geographical scope

Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Implementing agency

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Regional executing agency


Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Donor

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

National executing agencies



















Environment agencies from the national governments of the four participating countries are the national executing agencies for the project.

Cook Islands: Cook Islands National Environment Service (CINES).

Nauru:  Department of Commerce, Industry and Environment (CIE).

Tonga:  Ministry of Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Meteorology, Information and Communications (MEIDECC).

Tuvalu:  Department of Environment,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour.

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