Final Outcomes Statement

14th Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT). Suva, Fiji, 25-29 July, 2011

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Roundtable for Nature Conservation held in Suva 26-29 July 2011 focused its discussions on the regional process leading to the global Rio+20 meeting to be held in 2012. One of the key themes for the 2012 Earth Summit is the green economy, in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development. The challenge of moving to a green, blue or blue-green economy was taken up by Pacific island governments at a Rio+20 preparatory meeting held in Apia in 20 - 22 July 2011 and in the implications for nature conservation action discussed at the PIRT.

Action Strategy for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region 2008-2012

This new Action Strategy has taken the lessons articulated in the 2007 review and the outcomes of the 8th conference to formulate a new approach. Central to this approach are eight principles for nature conservation in the Pacific – a code of conduct for all those engaged in the design and implementation of conservation programmes. Already a number of Roundtable members and partners have signed the principles. The 2008-2012 Strategy also presents guidelines for implementing community conservation programmes, fundamental for successful conservation outcomes in the Pacific region. Importantly, the Strategy retains the 30-year vision, mission and goals timeframe.