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“It is critical for the Pacific to adequately recognise and value the opportunities and resilience provided by protecting and restoring natural ecosystems and the services they provide. This was a key message by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the first Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum in Brisbane held 27-31 March 2017.

Pacific island people rely heavily on ecosystem services and natural resources to support their national economies and community livelihoods. Today, these same ecosystems are under threat from climate change and other stressors such as population growth, natural disasters, deforestation, pollution, and unsustainable management of natural resources.

In highlighting the ecosystem approach for social-ecological resilience and climate change adaptation, SPREP’s Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management, Mr Stuart Chape said “Ecosystem services are vitally important for resilience and sustainable development across a whole suite of economic and social agendas in Pacific island countries and territories…”

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