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In line with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 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 CBD:
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.
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 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 also be fed into this Framework strategy.
In addition to the CBD, there will be sessions focusing on the implementation of CITES by Pacific Island countries, and how species data can help governments to ensure the survival of species found in trade. In the same vein, participants will have the opportunity to discuss other species-related MEAs such as CMS (Convention on Migratory Species) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat.