About Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
SPREP is the regional organisation established by the Governments and Administrations of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources of the Pacific. The head office is based in Apia, Samoa with about 100 staff. There is also a SPREP office in Fiji with four staff as well as SPREP Officers stationed in the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. SPREP has an annual budget of USD $15 million in 2017.
The establishment of SPREP sends a clear signal to the global community of the deep commitment of Pacific island Governments and Administrations for better management of the environment within the context of sustainable development.
The strategic direction for SPREP is clearly set out in the 2017-2026 SPREP Strategic Plan. The Plan outlines the mandate, vision and programmes for the organisation, and places strong emphasis on effective delivery of services to SPREP Member countries and territories.
SPREP has 21 Pacific island member countries and territories (American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis & Futuna) and 5 developed countries (Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America) with direct interests in the region.
Four regional goals to achieving resilience and sustainable Pacific communities:
- Regional Goal 1: Pacific people benefit from strengthened resilience to climate change
- Regional Goal 2: Pacific people benefit from healthy and resilient island and ocean ecosystems
- Regional Goal 3: Pacific people benefit from improved waste management and pollution control
- Regional Goal 4: Pacific people and their environment benefit from commitment to and best practice of environmental governance
These define the core priorities and focus of SPREP in the areas on:
- Climate change resilience
- Ecosystem and Biodiversity Protection
- Effective Waste Management and Pollution Control
- Environmental Governance
The SPREP Secretariat has (and continues to) aligned its institutional capacities, competencies, and systems to best support its Members by delivering integrated, responsive, and cost-effective services to address their priority concerns.
The Corporate Services support the delivery of the Secretariat’s strategic priorities and includes Communications & Outreach, Finance & Administration, Human Resources Management, Information Resources & Archives, Information Technology and Monitoring & Evaluation. The Internal Audit Unit provides independent monitoring of the organisation's operations and governance procedures including risk management and internal controls.
SPREP is guided by its vision for the future: “A resilient Pacific environment, sustaining our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures”.
SPREP’s mandate is to promote cooperation in the Pacific region and provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations.
- Environmental Leadership – SPREP will promote environmentally sustainable practices. We will develop expertise, share knowledge, deliver practical environmental outcomes and build the capacities of vulnerable Pacific islands to manage their environment, reduce risks and adapt to adverse global changes.
- Service Delivery – SPREP will serve the priority environmental needs of individual Members and develop common regional goals and approaches. We will strive for high quality outcomes. We will work as a team and promote partnerships with related organisations, and be flexible to cope with change.
- Valuing our People – SPREP will attract and retain quality staff by basing recruitment on merit, providing opportunities for development, consulting staff on decisions that affect them and providing a safe and healthy workplace. We will treat all staff with respect and ensure they have the necessary resources. We will value and draw on the diversity of our staff as well as the rich diversity of our member countries and territories
- Integrity – SPREP will be a wise steward of the resources entrusted to it, remain impartial and apolitical, and act fairly and equitably. We will maintain high standards of ethical conduct.
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