April 2, 2012

Streamlining environmental reporting in the Pacific region

In March, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, and I traveled to Nadi, Fiji to facilitate a workshop  aimed at streamlining environmental reporting in the Pacific region. The 2010 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ and Forum Economic Ministers’ directive on reporting acknowledged the need to streamline global, regional and national reporting to reduce the reporting burden at the national level. The workshop outcomes are being summarized in a publication that will provide a vision for approaching a more effective and streamlined reporting for the Pacific region.
Group photo

Workshop participants in Nadi, Fiji

Sponsored by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the workshop began by covering the current (and onerous) reporting requirements to various global, regional, and national organizations. By the end of the two-day intensive workshop, the following recommendations were agreed upon:

  • Strengthen the Pacific Plan as the regional framework for sustainable development and to facilitate streamlined reporting.
  • Promote national level ownership of reporting, to drive an effective reporting process at regional and international levels.
  • Develop indicator frameworks that address national priorities while facilitating streamlined reporting using existing and accessible databases.
  • Increase capacity (build or supplement) at a national level to better deliver streamlined reporting.
  • Present a case for differential reporting strategies for Pacific small island nations.
  • Seek opportunities to harmonise donor reporting requirements.

Stay tuned for the workshop summary document, which will be produced in the usual IAN science communication style:

Workshop summary document

Draft cover of the workshop summary document.

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Jane Thomas is a Science Communicator at the Integration and Application Network. Jane has a Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Honors in Ecology/Marine Biology/Botany.
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  1. [...] In collaboration with the Secretariat for Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), Heath Kelsey, Tracey Saxby, and Adrian Jones traveled to Samoa (Tracey and Adrian will be there until the end of this month) to help develop an environmental assessment framework for Pacific Island Countries. This current work follows on from a workshop in Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji, in March this year. [...]

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