The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) is a coalition of nature conservation and development organizations, governments, inter-government, donor agencies and community groups created to increase effective conservation action in the Pacific Island Region. It was established in 1998 at the request of Pacific island countries and territories which was voiced at the 6th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in 1997.
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The Pacific Island Roundtable for Nature Conservation is maintained as a mechanism for promoting, facilitating and monitoring the implementation of the Framework. The Roundtable adopts mechanisms for making its membership accountable to jointly formulated Principles of Implementation and its work inclusive of participation by regional and national bodies.
The Roundtable mandate for the next six years (2014-2020) is to increase effective conservation action in the Pacific islands by ensuring members:
- Actively recognise, respect and support a Pacific approach to conservation based on sustainable resource use, community property rights and decision-making practices, and local aspirations for development and well-being
- Respect and encourage national and community partner leadership for all conservation programmes and help strengthen partner capacity to exercise their leadership
- Align conservation programmes with conservation programmes of national partners
- Design conservation programmes that are of a scale and budget appropriate to the local context and that long-term strategic planning and resource mobilisation sustains conservation over time
- Actively support communication, education and public awareness
- Put systems in place to enable full accountability to and participation of the people affected by conservation programme implementation assisted by well-communicated, fully transparent operations
- Work with each other to ensure collaborative analysis, strategies, agreed priorities and coordination of political engagement to avoid duplication
- Provide timely, transparent and comprehensive reporting on conservation programmes to the Roundtable
Mobilise resources for the implementation of the Framework