SPREP Meeting Adopts Strategic Plan for 2011-2015

9 September 2010: The 21st meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened in Madang, Papua New Guinea, from 6-10 September 2010, and concluded with the adoption of a Strategic Plan for 2011-2015.

The Plan will guide regional environmental cooperation and the work of SPREP with four priorities: climate change; biodiversity and ecosystem management; waste management and pollution prevention; and environmental monitoring and governance. According to the meeting Communiqué, the loss of biodiversity is compounded by the overwhelming threat of climate change, and the region's response to climate change must be linked to its efforts to conserve and manage the region's species and ecosystems. Ministers urge SPREP members to enhance capacity at the national level to continue access and coordination of climate financing from bilateral partners and multilateral sources. They also urge all countries to fulfil their voluntary commitments enshrined in the Copenhagen Accord, including the implementation of mitigation commitments and actions, enhanced adaptation actions, and commitments to fast-start and longer-term financing.

The high-level segment was attended by Ministers from Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Vanuatu and Heads of Delegation from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, France, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Niue, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the US. [The Communiqué] [Meeting Website]