PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES


1. PACIFIC SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT NETWORKING PROGRAMME (PSDNP)

ESTABLISHED: 1994

MISSION: Pacific SDNP will address sustainable development needs at the community level by coordinating organizations and resources already dedicated to sustainable development. National governments and regional institutions with the support of donor organizations are the main providers of services and information in the region. Their sustainable development programmes will be facilitated through enhanced information exchange within the region and increased access to international data and information services. Access of local communities to this nexus of information and services will be provided through designated in-country organizations. The goal of these efforts is to effect change at the community level in order to halt the increasing degradation of the natural environment and set communities on the path of sustainable natural resource management.

MEMBERSHIP: n/a

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Pacific SDNP is a regional programme of the UNDP. Because of increasing population, rising material expectations, more intensive agricultural and harvesting practices and an expanding commercial sector, greater pressures are being placed upon the natural resources of the South Pacific. Pacific SDNP will concentrate on modifying the responses to environmental pressures at the community level because: 1) communities control the great majority of natural resources in the region; 2) the pressure these communities exert on the natural resource base are related to meeting basic needs and generating modest amounts of income; and 3) regional and national organizations that are concerned with sustainable development need to better link their efforts to the community level.