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UOG and SPC Host Workshop on Regional Biosecurity Plan

05/19/14

UOG and SPC Host Workshop on Regional Biosecurity Plan

The University of Guam and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) are facilitating the the Regional Biosecurity Plan for Micronesia and Hawaii Implementation Strategy Workshop from May 19 to 21, 2014 at the Multipurpose Room #129 in the Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building on the UOG Campus. During the workshop, key stakeholders from jurisdictions throughout Micronesia and Hawaii will review the draft implantation strategy of the RBP. 

Invasive species march on across the Pacific, impacting small island economies and environments as well as human health and livelihoods. The Regional Biosecurity Plan (RBP) was developed to evaluate invasive species risks to marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems in Micronesia and Hawaii (in regard to its linkages with Micronesia) and to make recommendations to remove or minimize and manage these risks.

The development of the implementation strategy involved extensive consultation with leaders and invasive species experts from throughout the region.  Developed with over $3.7 million of direct funding from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and many hundreds of thousands of dollars of in-kind support from the governments and non-governmental groups and organizations of the region, the RBP represents an unprecedented collaborative effort to enhance prevention and to minimise invasive species threats and impacts. RBP has brought together DoD and other agencies of the US federal government, and the Governments of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (including the state governments of Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae, and Pohnpei), the Marshall Islands, and the Hawaii.

As stated by the Micronesian Chief Executives in Resolution 19-1 of the 19th Micronesian Chief Executives Summit, '…invasive species management is a fundamental component of efforts to adapt to climate change, build resilient economies, communities and ecosystems and achieve social and economic development objectives including poverty alleviation and the enhancement of food security, fresh water availability, human health, biological diversity and coral reef health.'

The upcoming workshop is convened to allow the jurisdictions and development partners to have a final joint working session on which to comment and to conclude the updating of the implementation component before finalizing the RBP.

For more information please contact James Stanford, University of Guam at email: jsecology@gmail.com or tel:  671-787-1208 or  Josua Wainiqolo at email: JosuaW@spc.int.