A. Background Information on SPREP SPREP is the regional organisation established by the Governments and Administrations of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources of the Pacific. It is based in Apia, Samoa, with about 95 staff and an annual budget of USD $20 million in 2015. The establishment of SPREP sends a clear signal to the global community of the deep commitment of Pacific island Governments and Administrations to better management of the environment as a key element of sustainable development. The future directions for SPREP are clearly set out in the 2011-2015 SPREP Strategic Plan. This Plan outlines the mandate, vision and programmes for the organisation. The Strategic Plan places strong emphasis on effective delivery of services to SPREP Member countries and territories. Mandate SPREP’s mandate is to promote cooperation in the Pacific region and provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. Vision SPREP is guided by its vision for the future: “The Pacific environment, sustaining our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures”. Members SPREP has 21 Pacific island member countries and territories (American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis & Futuna) and 5 developed countries (Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America) with direct interests in the region. Divisions The SPREP Strategic priorities are delivered through four divisions: • Climate Change: has lead responsibility for Adaptation, Science & Policy and Mitigation. • Biodiversity & Ecosystem Management: has lead responsibility for Coastal & Marine, Threatened & Migratory Species, Invasive Species and Biodiversity. • Waste Management & Pollution Control: has lead responsibility for Hazardous Waste Management, Pollution and Solid Waste Management. • Environmental Monitoring & Governance: has lead responsibility for Environmental Monitoring & Planning and Governance. The divisions work in an integrated way on project development and implementation. Corporate Services & Internal Audit Corporate Services provide corporate support to the delivery of the Secretariat’s strategic priorities and include Finance & Administration, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Information Resources & Archives, Communications & Outreach and Monitoring & Evaluation. The Internal Audit Unit provides independent monitoring of the organisation's operations and governance procedures including risk management and internal controls.