The Pacific Islands Forum

The Pacific Islands Forum

The Pacific Islands Forum is an intergovernmental regional organisation which aims to enhance cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean and represent their interests.  The current members are Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
 
Its Pacific Plan (2005) is 'a regional response to the challenges that Pacific Island countries face', based on four 'pillars'—economic growth; sustainable development; good governance; and security.  Sustainable development incorporates 'integrated resource and environment management', including 'fisheries, land, waste management, biodiversity convention, energy, climate change, and disaster risk management'.
 
Climate change-related priorities for 2008 include implementing the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action, and 'strengthening national level planning and response'.  Climate change was the main theme of the 39th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit (Niue, 19–21 August 2008).
 
Under the Global Environment Facility Pacific Alliance Strategy, the Global Environment Facility will provide US$100 million in grants over three years, to help improve 'access to international funding sources for environmental benefits that will have both a global and local impact'.
 
The PNG–Australia Forest Carbon Partnership was established in March 2008 to reduce 'greenhouse gas emissions in PNG from deforestation and forest degradation, improve the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities, and promote the protection of Papua New Guinea's biodiversity'.  This includes 'a policy dialogue on climate change issues', and might involve 'a private carbon market scheme'.

15 July, 2010

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