SPREP Young Professionals Programme: Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation Coordinator

SPREP is the regional organisation established by the Governments and Administrations of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources of the Pacific. It is based in Apia, Samoa, with about 95 staff and an annual budget of USD $20 million in 2015.

The establishment of SPREP sends a clear signal to the global community of the deep commitment of Pacific island Governments and Administrations to better management of the environment as a key element of sustainable development.

The future directions for SPREP are clearly set out in the 2011-2015 SPREP Strategic Plan. This Plan outlines the mandate, vision and programmes for the organisation. The Strategic Plan places strong emphasis on effective delivery of services to SPREP Member countries and territories.

The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) is a coalition of nature conservation and development organisations, governments, inter-government, donor agencies and community groups created to increase effective conservation action in the Pacific Islands Region. It was formed in 1997 at the request of Pacific Island countries and territories. The forum enables those organisations working on nature conservation in the Pacific to improve their collaboration and coordination towards effective conservation action. It is the key coordination mechanism for the implementation of the new Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands region 2014-2020 which was adopted at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas and was subsequently endorsed at the 26 Annual SPREP Meeting in September 2014.

SPREP's Young Professionals Programme offers short-term opportunities to young professionals and recent graduates from the Pacific Island member countries and territories. The programme's main objectives are:

  • To provide professional exposure to young Pacific islanders;
  • To strengthen capacity building in young professionals in the island member countries and territories;
  • To promote SPREP’s work and especially regional environmental issues and priorities.

Closing Date: Monday 27th April 2015.

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