The small island states of the Pacific are isolated, with distance proving a major barrier to the spread of knowledge and facilitation of support networks. As such, there has been a lack of consolidated approaches on species issues within the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and species conservation is often low on the agenda.

The Pacific Islands Species Forum provides an opportunity for scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and conservation practitioners to share scientific knowledge relating to species research and conservation in the Pacific.

The event additionally provides the support needed by experts working in isolation, whilst injecting enthusiasm for people to continue working on key species conservation issues in remote locations.