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 email@example.com by 26th 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.