Palau is hosting the inaugural Pacific Ecological Security Conference on regional biosecurity this week at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center, October 4 to 5.
The event brings “island leaders, development partners, regional organizations, agricultural and natural resource managers, researchers and the media to raise visibility on the issues,” a region-wide response against invasive species that threatens food security and sustainability across the Pacific region.
The conference themes will include “resilience to climate change, food security, biodiversity, quality of life, and long-term island sustainability.”
Outcomes expected will be “Strategic Action Plans” developed from the conference to address the threats and identify actions and commitments by governments and partners to address them.
Sponsoring the event, in partnership with the Palau government, include East-West Center, the US Office of Insular Affairs, the US Forestry Service, the Pacific Community (SPC), the Global Environment Facility, and The Nature Conservancy.