The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to look after its environment. This is reflected in the Mission Statement of SPREP which calls on the organisation, \to promote co-operation in the South Pacific region and to provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations\". SPREP?s members total 26, consisting of all 22 Pacific island countries and territories, and four developed countries with direct interests in the region: Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States of America. The importance of the environment to the Pacific region is exemplified by the fact that in an era where governments and administrations are seeking to consolidate, rather than to extend regional organisations, they decided to establish SPREP as a separate organisation. Through this action, the Pacific island governments and administrations saw the need not only for the people of the Pacific to focus their attention on environmental considerations, but also for SPREP itself to serve as the conduit for concerted action in this area at the regional level. The establishment of SPREP also sends a clear signal to the global community of the deep commitment of the Pacific island governments and administrations towards sustainable development."