Forest and Trees

Forests and trees play significant roles in the lives of Pacific Islanders, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. In many Pacific island countries, especially on the smaller islands and atolls, agroforestry and tree crops provide most of the food, medicines, construction materials, firewood, tools and myriad of other products and services that cannot be replaced with imported substitutions. For the larger countries, forests have contributed significantly into their economic development in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and infrastructure development. Thus, a major challenge for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) is to ensure sustainable management of their scarce and diminishing forest and tree resources, taking into account demands for economic development and the social and environmental needs of their growing populations, LRD-SPC is addressing this under its Forest & Tree programme.

Preparatory Workshop for UN Biodiversity Summit
Thursday, 26 August 2010 14:44

 A regional preparatory meeting for the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was organized in Nadi, Fiji from the 16th to 18th of August 2010 by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Cenon Padolina - Regional Forest Resource Officer represented the SPC’s Land Resource Division during the meeting and provided technical advice on issues pertaining to forest and agriculture biodiversity.

A total of 11 Pacific Island states parties to the convention, regional partners, donors and non-governmental organisations from the region attended the three-day meeting.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993 and has currently 193 parties.

CBD was inspired by the world community’s growing commitment to sustainable development. It aims to promote the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

The tenth Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the CBD will be held 18–29 October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.

The COP10 CBD is expected to assess achievement regarding the CBD 2010 target to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss and adopt a protocol on access and benefit sharing and a revised strategic plan for the convention.

Access and benefit sharing is again on top of the agenda of the coming COP10 CBD meeting, where intensive negotiations by all parties is expected, particularly on the development of financial mechanism for the implementation of CBD’s programme of activities.

Issues for in-depth consideration include biodiversity in inland waters, marine and coastal biodiversity, mountain biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable use of biodiversity and biodiversity and climate change.

The meeting agenda also include other substantive issues arising from decisions of the Conference of the Parties, including agriculture biodiversity, biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands, forest biodiversity, biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, a global taxonomy initiative, incentive measures and new and emerging issues.

The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for COP10 CBD provided helpful training for effective participation of the party delegates who will be attending the conference.

The training was facilitated by Clark Peteru (SPREP Legal Adviser), Neva Collings (Environmental Defender’s Office of New South Wales, Australia) and Ian Fry (Consultant).

For further information please contact Vinesh Prasad on telephone (679)3370733 or email LRD Help Desk on email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


We acknowledge our major donors/partners in supporting Forestry initiatives in the Pacific