PSA Task Force on Biodiversity

Chair:
Dr. Allen Allison
Vice President for Sciences
The Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu , Hawaii 96817 USA
FAX (808) 847-8252
allison@hawaii.edu

Botany and Biodiversity Division
Prof. Chang-Hung Chou
Director
Research Center for Biodiversity
China Medical University
No.91 Hsueh-Shih Road
Taichung 40402
China-Taipei
choumasa@mail.cmu.edu.tw

Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Information Transect (PABITRA)
Dr. Curt Daehler
c/o Department of Botany
University of Hawaii
3190 Maile Way
Honolulu , Hawaii 96822 , USA
daehler@hawaii.edu

Pacific Biodiversity Information Forum
Dr. Mark Fornwall
Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN)
310 Ka`ahumanu Ave.
Kahului, Maui, HI 96732 USA
mark_fornwall@usgs.gov
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Pacific Science Association

 

 

Resolutions Concerning Biodiversity in the Pacific Region

21st Pacific Science Congress

The Pacific Science Association Council, on the occasion of the 21st Pacific Science Congress in Okinawa, Japan from 12 – 19 June 2007, recognizes the following:

It is believed that the Pacific region has one of the highest percentages of threatened and endangered species in the world; and

Many habitats in the Pacific are threatened by human activities such as deforestation, over-use of resources, alien species introductions, and other natural and anthropogenic phenomena such as climate change, coral bleaching, ocean acidification and other stresses; and

The Pacific region lacks comprehensive information on the native and introduced plants and animals, and their habitats, ecological requirements, and responses to environmental stresses, and this information is extremely important to guide and inform conservation efforts; and

Greater information on the ethnobiology of the Pacific will also provide broad benefits to human society, and this information is extremely important to guide and inform conservation efforts; and

The scale and intensity of threats to ecosystems in the Pacific region is increasing while the availability of funds to address these issues remains limited; and

The indigenous and local knowledge systems of Pacific region cultures are both inherently valuable and have much wisdom to impart to science and human knowledge, and the integration of this knowledge with Western scientific approaches could provide synergistic benefits for the conservation, sustainable use, and equitable sharing of access to and benefits of biodiversity, in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity; and

The ecological services provided by nature are critical to human societies at local, regional and global scales;

In recognition of these findings, the 21st Pacific Science Congress endorses the following actions in order to enhance the effectiveness of sustainable natural resource management and conservation in the Pacific Region:

  1. A comprehensive biological survey to document the distributions of species and their ecological requirements, and that the PSA Biodiversity Task Force play a leading role in this endeavor; and
  2. The development of new communications tools, especially World Wide Web-accessible information systems, to facilitate the dissemination of important information on the biodiversity of the Pacific region; and
  3. Strengthening the local institutional capacity of Pacific regional institutions, particularly in the areas of biological sciences, taxonomy, parataxonomy, and bioinformatics is essential to understanding and supporting sustainable resource utilization; and
  4. Increased research on large-scale environmental processes in the region; and
  5. More intensive and sustained field-level conservation efforts working in authentic partnership with local communities and other stakeholders; and
  6. Greater use of social science tools and community-driven approaches that are both critical and effective in addressing on-the-ground conservation issues with local communities; and
  7. More concerted efforts by scientists, conservation practitioners, and other stakeholders to document and to support traditional systems that effectively promote the sustainable use and management of natural resources in the Pacific.