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Biodiversity in 5-year plan

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

THE 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas continued yesterday as delegates discussed the different aspects of biodiversity and ways to include it in the eventual five-year plan.

Topics of discussion ranged from threats to the region's biodiversity, to the lack of monitoring skills seen in many Pacific Island countries.

One speaker, Stuart Chape, who was the director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management for the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), discussed the threats to biodiversity within the region and the need to enforce better policies.

"There are many challenges over the next six years and island countries need to be provided with the level of resources to deal with manageable threats," Mr Chape said at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

"Monitoring and assessment needs to be taken seriously to deal with climate change."

Another speaker, USP Professor Randy Thaman, who on Monday night scooped a Lifetime Achievement award, said the region's biodiversity played an important role in the climate change battle.