The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) is a membership based network of NGOs, Regional Agencies and Donors that is committed to support governments and civil society in Pacific Island Countries in their efforts to sustainably manage and conserve the regions biodiversity.

Members of PIRT declare their commitment to promote, facilitate and monitor progress regarding the new Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific islands region 2014-2020 and the Principles for Nature Conservation in the Pacific Islands Region through increased collaboration and partnerships.

Organizations wishing to join the Roundtable have to sign a PIRT Membership Agreement.

Roundtable Members Who Have Signed the PIRT Membership Agreement

There are currently 11 official members in the Roundtable as enlisted below:

1. Conservation International (CI)
2. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
3. Society for Conservation Biology Oceania (SCBO)
4. SeaWeb
5. Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
6. The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
7. Wildlife Conservation Society of Fiji (WCS)
8. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
9. The University of the South Pacific (USP)
10. Birdlife International (BL)
11. Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 

The Roundtable Member(s) Profile

BirdLife International
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, with 119 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country or territory – and growing. BirdLife’s strength is in its partnership, where local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally, are the key to sustaining all life on the planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

Conservation International (CI) has worked in the Pacific Islands since the mid-1990s. CI has country programme offices in Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand and also significant project investments in Kiribati, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Vanuatu. CI’s is a founding NGO partner in the Pacific Island Forum Leaders' Pacific Oceanscape, a region-wide integrated ocean and island management initiative totalling over 40 million km2 of islands and ocean. Our work in the Pacific Region involves support to marine and terrestrial protected areas and investment in key issues of importance to the region, including EEZ and high seas management, invasive species and climate change

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Biodiversity — the variety of life on earth — is fundamental to human wellbeing. It provides us with food, clean air and water, energy, shelter, medicine, recreation and inspiration. From rural communities in Asia to the sprawling cities of Western Europe, people depend on healthy natural resources to survive and thrive. Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature. By providing the latest knowledge on conservation, we show how critical biodiversity is to addressing some of our greatest challenges such as tackling climate change and achieving food security. IUCN leads the way in nature conservation and sustainable development through a global partnership of: Science – 15,000 experts generating new knowledge and setting global standards in their fields, Action – hundreds of conservation projects around the world and Influence – the collective strength of more than 1,300 government and non-governmental organisations, who are Members of IUCN.

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The Society for Conservation Biology (Oceania) represents scientists, conservation managers and policy-makers in the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand committed to providing the best available science and advice for conservation of ecosystems, their biodiversity and ecosystem services. We hold regular regional conferences, including in the Pacific, and are particularly interested in collaboration to build capacity and knowledge about conservation across our region.

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SeaWeb Asia Pacific is regional nonprofit dedicated to achieving social good through innovations in communications. To that end, SeaWeb AP has developed multi-layered initiatives to foster strategic communications initiatives that improve the health and livelihoods of communities throughout the region. SeaWeb AP initiatives include programs that empower local leaders at all levels with communications training and tools to create dialogue and change in support of sustainable natural resource management. SeaWeb AP also provides strategic communications capacity building and tools development for NGOs and government agencies and conducts media development programs to elevate public dialogue of critical issues. In recent years, SeaWeb AP has focused on developing strategic communications initiatives for organizations and multi-partner initiatives, including designing social marketing campaigns to catalyze movements around the sustainable management of natural resources.on. 
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The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrators of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources in the region. It is based in Apia, Samoa and a deep commitment of Pacific Island governments and administrators to better management of the environment as a key element of sustainable development. The future directions for SPREP are clearly set out in the 2011-2015 SPREP Strategic Plan' A guideline which outlines the mandate, vision and programmes for the organisation with strong emphasis on effective delivery of services to SPREP Member countries and territories. 


The Nature Conservancy started working in the Pacific 25 years ago. Today, the Conservancy is strengthening conservation at sites managed by local governments, communities, and organizations across Micronesia and Melanesia. The Conservancy is also helping partners apply the latest innovations in science and policy to enhance protected areas, restore watersheds, minimize threats to fisheries, and mitigate the impacts of climate change, as well as and working at the highest levels to build institutional and financial systems to sustain these efforts.
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The University of the South Pacific (USP) was founded in 1968 with its headquarters in Laucala Bay Road, Suva, Fiji. USP, which is a body incorporated by the Royal Charter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is a key contributor to the development of Pacific Island Countries and region’s premier University providing a primary source of high quality graduates in the region. USP serves the regional needs of its 12 member Countries (Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu). USP strives towards excellence in the provision of tertiary education and aims to build on and preserve the Pacific Heritage. It proactively engages with the region, its communities, and with international partners on major development issues relevant to the region. The University has positioned itself as a leader in research and education that is original, modern, and readily applicable in addressing the problems and challenges faced by its member countries. 

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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. WCS currently oversees a portfolio of more than 500 conservation projects in over 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific, and North America. In the Pacific, WCS focuses work in Melanesia, with a goal to ensure that "ecosystems and species are managed sustainably for enduring livelihoods and conservation."
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"WWF is a global conservation organisation that has been working in the South Pacific since 1995 to protect the region’s exceptionally rich marine biodiversity. With offices in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, WWF-Pacific is working to empower and build resilient Pacific Island communities. WWF Pacific’s long-term goal is for there to be supportive legislation and policies that protect the customary cultural and heritage rights of Pacific islands people, ensure the environment is managed in a sustainable manner, and promote the socio-economic development of the South Pacific’s island communities."

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The German Agency for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ GmbH) has been working in the field of sustainable development for over 50 years. The federal non-profit organization assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation in more than 130 countries over a wide range of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, as well as peace and security. Together with its regional and national partners GIZ implements four projects in the Pacific Island Region, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and the European Union.


a Pacific is regional nonprofit dedicated to achieving social good through innovations in communications. To that end, SeaWeb AP has developed multi-layered initiatives to foster strategic communications initiatives that improve the health and livelihoods of communities throughout the region.SeaWeb Asia Pacific is regional nonprofit dedicated to achieving social good through innovations in communications. To that end, SeaWeb AP has developed multi-layered initiatives to foster strategic communications initiatives that improve the health and livelihoods of communities throughout the region. 


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