Collaboration with Pacific Roundtable
Pacific Roundtable for Nature Conservation
The Pacific Roundtable for Nature Conservation is the Pacific’s only voluntary membership-based network of non-government organisations, donors and regional organisations working in nature conservation in the region.
Action Strategy for Nature Conservation
The Roundtable works to implement the Action Strategy for Nature Conservation in the Pacific.
The aim of the Action Strategy is to provide strategic direction to nature conservation programmes in the Pacific for all donors, governments and NGOs. Since the Paris Declaration on aid and development, donors are bound by such regional strategies. The Action Strategy is required to be endorsed by all Pacific governments through the SPREP process. NGOs are supposed to be led by the Action Strategy through
their membership of the Pacific Roundtable on Nature Conservation. The Roundtable meets annually and NGOs are required to report to it on their activities under the Action Strategy mandate.
Principles for Nature Conservation and Code of Conduct
To assist NGOs with supporting the Action Strategy, Austral assisted in the development of the Principles for Nature Conservation and a related Code of Conduct. The assumption is that NGOs will adhere to these principles and code of conduct, and self-monitor to ensure their programs and activities adhere to them.
Among the key principles which Austral assisted in developing are those relating to International Partners and their commitment to:
• Respecting and encouraging national and community partner leadership for all conservation programmes and helping strengthen partner capacity to exercise their leadership.
• Aligning all conservation programmes with those of the national partners.
• Strengthening national and local partners as an alternative to establishing their own institutions and infrastructure.
• Connecting regional and international initiatives with national priorities and aspirations.
• Ensuring all key programme decision-making takes place in-country with participation by national and community partners and led by their