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Learning Exchanges are a method of capacity building that can be particularly successful in the Pacific Islands, where similar cultures bond island communities facing the same challenges. Reciprocal exchanges offer both parties an opportunity to promote their own achievements and as such, work to foster pride and ownership in peoples' ongoing work. 
If you are interested in arranging a learning exchange for yourself or member(s) or your workforce or community, please review the information below:

Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA) Network

lmma logo One of the key mechanisms that the Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network use is to share knowledge and experience is through cross site visits. The LMMA network is made up of conservation practitioners working in Asia and the Pacific who have joined together to increase the success of their efforts.

If you are interested in receiving occasional mailings from them, send an inquiry to [email protected]

Pacific Islands Protected and Managed Areas Community (PIMPAC)

PIMPAC LOGO - FINAL copy As PIMPAC is a regional initiative there are several opportunities for exchange visits for members to learn from one another. Selection is on a first come first serve basis. It is anticipated that PIMPAC can support 2 or 3 exchange visits this year. Exchange visits must be marine protected area (MPA) related, have clear goals and have the potential to spark activity or catalyze action and have a significant impact to candidates work.

To be selected for a PIMPAC exchange visit, certain requirements must be met and candidates must fill out a “request form” and submit to PIMPAC coordinators. For more information, visit the PIMPAC website.

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

SPREP logo SPREP may be able to assist you with arranging a learning exchange, provided you can clearly demonstrate the benefit of such an exchange and that it fits under the appropriate funding mechanism.

For example, the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) manages learning networks and arranges learning exchanges.

If you have a specific learning exchange request or can offer a learning exchange opportunity, please send the details to SPREP via [email protected].

Capacity Development for Protected and Other Conserved Areas in the Pacific Islands Region

This document is an important tool for promoting action. It highlights the importance of culturally‐responsive capacity development, with Pacific Islanders defining the most appropriate approaches to be used.

Final Evaluation of the project “Forestry and Protected Area Management in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Niue (GEFPAS-FPAM)”

This report presents the findings of the Final Evaluation of the six year1 Global Environment Facility – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (GEF-FAO) Forest Protected Area Management (FPAM) in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Niue project, which was implemented between January 2012 a

Protected Area Governance and Management

This book has been prepared as a contribution to the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney in 2014. The global community is at the interface of ensuring the quality of protected area governance and management, together with the way that effectively managed and