Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Programme régional océanien de l'environnement (PROE)

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1982 Nouméa New Caledonia


1982, Nouméa (New Caledonia), as South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, a programme/organizational unit of D-XD3260 - Pacific Community (SPC). Establishment followed recommendations, 1969, of a workshop focusing on nature conservation, which led in 1973 to the inclusion in the South Pacific Commission (currently SPC) of a programme for the conservation of nature. T-XT8682 - Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region (SPREP convention) adopted 24 Nov 1986, Nouméa. Recognized, 1990, as an autonomous entity hosted by SPC. Became fully autonomous 1992, when transferred to Apia (Samoa) as an autonomous intergovernmental organization reporting to F-XE5377 - Pacific Islands Forum through Director of E-XE4630 - Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and to the South Pacific Conference (the political gathering of all states and territories of the Pacific) through SPC Secretary-General. 'Agreement Establishing SPREP' came into force 31 Aug 1995, on ratification by 10th country to do so (Niue), and provides legal basis for SPREP's existence as an autonomous regional organization. Current name adopted, 1994, dropping "South" to be more inclusive for member countries on and above the equator. Acronym SPREP stands for both the 'Pacific Regional Environment Programme' and its Secretariat. In 2006, Vanuatu lodged its Instruments of Ratification thereby completing the ratification process of all members.


Develop regional cooperation and technical assistance on all aspects of the environment; support Pacific island member countries and territories to maintain and improve their shared environment and enhance their capacity to provide a present and future resource base to support the needs and maintain the quality of life of the people through sustainable development.


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SPREP Meeting (annual) is governing body. Pacific Regional Environment Programme Strategic Plan (2011-2015). Secretariat, managed by Director General, assisted by Deputy Director General, a Director for each of the 4 divisions: Climate Change; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management; Waste Management and Pollution Control; Environmental Monitoring and Governance.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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