IUCN Oceania co-sponsored with the Fiji Ministry of Environment, the first Fiji National Faith Based Organisations Environment Stewardship Summit held from 2 – 4 April. Attending the Summit, Taholo Kami Regional Director of IUCN Oceania emphasized that churches could play a more effective role in taking care of nature.
Attendance at the Summit included leaders of various Christian denominations and the Hindu religion. IUCN’s role on multi-faith dialogue globally was recognized by UNDP and religious leaders were challenged to recognize the bigger role they have in ensuring their congregations or followers become stewards of the environment and the natural resources under their care. In the Pacific, the church is often the most active and effective development agent in rural communities. This summit provided a platform for further engagement with faith based organizations throughout the Pacific on environment and climate change issues.
Taholo Kami, Regional Director of IUCN Oceania, explains why it is critical to involve faith based organizations in safeguarding nature's agenda.