The regional director of the Oceania division of the World Conservation Union, or IUCN, says coping with the shortage of people with environmental expertise is a major issue for the Pacific.
Tahola Kimi made the comment during the annual meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Progamme, or SPREP, in Samoa.
The ICUN has signed a memorandum of understanding with SPREP which will focus on policy and expertise and the implementation of programmes in the region.
But he says that the shortage of skills is the single biggest problem and is a long term challenge.
"I think what we do need is for governments to commit and recognise the important role of environmental development and if we don't get that commitment it is a long long difficult journey."