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The second Pacific Islands Species Forum will be held in Suva, Fiji from Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th July 2015.

The Call for Submissions is now open! Presentations are invited that address the Species Forum Objectives. Please download and complete the Call for Submissions form and return to helen.pippard@iucn.org by 31st May 2015.

In line with the Convention on Biological Diversity, the second Pacific Islands Species Forum will again focus on highlighting species conservation and contributing to initiatives aimed at halting biodiversity loss.

It will seek to inform country representatives of the status of species conservation in the Pacific and at the same time contribute to national understanding of strategies, policies and MEAs related to species and ecosystems. For example, in relation to the Aichi Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity:
Target 5: By 2020, the rate of loss of all natural habitats, including forests, is at least halved and where feasible brought close to zero, and degradation and fragmentation is significantly reduced.
Target 9: By 2020, invasive alien species and pathways are identified and prioritized, priority species are controlled or eradicated, and measures are in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment.
Target 11: By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscapes and seascapes.
Target 12: By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained
Target 19: By 2020, knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved, widely shared and transferred, and applied.

In addition to the CBD, the new Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation’s Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas 2014-2020 (especially Objective 4) supports and contributes to these relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets. As this Species Forum is an activity of the Species Working Group of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation, outcomes will be fed into this Framework strategy.

Objectives

The Forum will build on the themes of 2012, focusing on
Knowledge and Research, Threats and Solutions.

The major Objectives under each of these themes are:
Knowledge and Research
• Identify current species or organism-focused research projects, including how work is being designed, funded, and implemented, and how data is being generated and stored
• Identify critical vulnerable ecosystems, including cultural and agro-ecosystems, the conservation and sustainable use of which, is the foundation of species and genetic diversity conservation in the Pacific Islands
Threats
• Identify major threats to species (e.g. trade and use, invasive species, habitat loss and alteration), and challenges to our progress in conserving them
• Identify and prioritize the control and management of invasive alien species (IAS) that pose serious threats to species in the Pacific Islands
Solutions
• Examine progress in meeting species-and ecosystem-related MEA commitments (with a focus on CBD and CITES but noting CMS, Ramsar and World Heritage Convention), and how to overcome challenges
• Identify relevant (Pacific) biological and cultural approaches that can achieve successful species conservation - including prioritization of research and conservation efforts with reference to Pacific Island species-level questions and approaches to resource custodianship
• Assess current baselines for conservation action, and metrics for success, in light of novel ecosystems, patterns of biological invasion, and ecological state-shifts in island systems
• Identify community-based and co-management options for enhancing local awareness of species conservation in the Pacific

The desired Outcomes include:
• Integration of species-specific information to government action plans such as NBSAPs and species recovery plans, MEA commitments (Aichi Targets, CITES, CMS), and regional species policies with particular emphasis on enhancing community-based species conservation.
• Input to a roadmap for species conservation/species strategy for the region from 2016-2020 – in line with the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands region 2014-2020 strategy
• Guidelines for placing species-specific conservation issues in the context of broader socio-ecological systems across local, regional, and pan-Pacific scales
• Input into regional and national IAS management and biosecurity plans
• Generation of data and information to add to regional databases and input to species recovery plans
• Peer-reviewed articles
• Raising awareness about species, ecosystems and their conservation needs beyond the scientific and conservation community
• Commitment to actions from organizations/individuals

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2015 Pacific Islands Species Forum documents