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Pacific Islands Conferences on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

This series of major regional conservation conferences has met approximately every five years since 1975.  It has become the principal gathering of Pacific government agencies, regional organisations, NGOs, community-based organisations, and donor agencies concerned with conservation science and practice in the region.  Each Conference endorses a new regional Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, and State of Environment and Conservation report.  PIRT co-hosts this conference alongside SPREP and a Pacific Island host country.

The 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas was scheduled to be held in April 2020 in Noumea, co-hosted by the Government of New Caledonia.  The event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was held in November 2020 as a fully virtual conference.  It was one of the largest environmental conferences ever held in the region, with 187 speakers and over 1,800 participants.  Read the Conference report here.

The 11th Conference is expected to be held in early 2026.

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Image: Past SPREP Director General Kosi Latu addresses the 10th Conference

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