Stresses on the environment have grown immensely in the past decade at the global level, regional level with impacts visible in Melanesia. Challenges brought by population growth, urbanisation and unsustainable use of natural resources coupled with loss to biodiversity and climate change raises the issue of integrating development principles and concepts that are kind to nature. Researches and studies have shown that when nature is stressed and overburdened the effects on the quality of life of our people will be significant. Given these rationales, leaders in Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu realised the need for a framework to enhance economic growth and integrate environment sustainability practices. This resulted in the formulation of the MSG Green Growth Framework under the MSG Leaders Declaration on Environment and Climate Change.
In March 2012, the MSG Leaders signed the Declaration on Environment and Climate Change and endorsed the adoption of a “Framework for Green Growth” as the basis for all development and noted the significance of existing regional initiatives such as the Pacific Mangroves Initiative, Coral Triangle Initiative and other related initiatives supported by donors and partners.
The Pacific Islands face environment and climate change challenges, which threaten the livelihoods of millions of people. This online knowledge and learning platform will provide key information on selected areas and promote knowledge sharing and best practices.