Last month Palau Conservation Society (PCS) Executive Director, , traveled to Wallonia, Belgium to attend the BirdLife International Partnership Meeting.
Bola Majekobaje joined over 200 people representing 117 partners who gathered for the event that happens every four or five years.
PCS is the BirdLife partner in Palau and the only partner in Micronesia. PCS was among a small but mighty group of Pacific partners that including BirdLife Australia, Forest and Bird of New Zealand), Te Ipukarea Society of the Cook Islands, Nature Fiji, Manu of French Polynesia, and the BirdLife Pacific Secretariat.
Highlights from the highly productive meeting included: a review of the progress partners have made toward the 2013-2022 strategy, a discussion on moving forward work related to Important Bird Areas (IBA) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA), and securing stronger financial sustainability of the partnership as a whole. At the meeting, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias was elected Chair of the Global Council, as were regional council members. Additionally, there was a number of workshops that focused on critical topics such as: biodiversity, preventing extinctions, flyways, forests, and more.
Preceding the international meeting, the Pacific partners met for a day long workshop to discuss important regional opportunities and threats such as the East Asian Australian Flyway, climate change, invasive species, and regional fundraising. (PR)