IUCN Oceania, the IUCN Species Survival Commission, BirdLife International, the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT), SPREP, and our hosts, the Government of the Solomon Islands, are delighted to announce that the Inaugural Pacific Islands Species Forum will take place in Honiara, Solomon Islands from April 25th-27th 2012.

The Pacific Islands Species Forum will be an opportunity for scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and conservation practitioners to come together and share scientific knowledge relating to species research and conservation in the Pacific. 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 will provide support needed by experts working in isolation, whilst injecting enthusiasm for people to continue working on key species conservation issues in remote locations

The Pacific Islands Species Forum is made possible through the generous support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, the Fonds Pacifique and members of the Pacific Islands Round Table for Nature Conservation.