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USP Formalises Membership

The University of the South Pacific (USP) formalised a membership agreement with the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) on March 30. PIRT is a membership-based network of non-government
02 Apr 2016 09:58
USP Formalises  Membership

The University of the South Pacific (USP) formalised a membership agreement with the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) on March 30.

PIRT is a membership-based network of non-government organisations, regional agencies and donors that are committed to support governments and civil society in Pacific Island Countries in their efforts to sustainably manage and conserve the region’s biodiversity.

Members of PIRT declare their commitment to promote, facilitate and monitor progress regarding the new Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands region 2014-2020 and the Principles for Nature Conservation in the Pacific Islands Region through increased collaboration and partnerships.

While signing the agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) office, USP vice-chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra said the agreement formalises something the University is already committed to.

Professor Chandra said the ratification signified that USP accepts the principles behind the membership agreement, adding that the University’s contribution should be consonant with the principles that have been articulated in the agreement.

“You can take it from my presence and signing that the University will continue to be significantly committed to that as part of its broader engagement with the Pacific,” he said.

Professor Chandra highlighted that as part of USP’s Strategic Plan (2013-2018), the University is looking at ways to scale up some of its research activities in areas of environment, conservation and sustainable development, and the agreement will help USP to grow in these areas.

 

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