NOTE: Nominations for The Pacific Islands Environment Leadership Awards are NOW OPEN for the MEDIA CATEGORY ONLY! Deadline to receive nominations is 12 June, 2020.

The Pacific Islands Environment Leadership Awards (PIELA) are the only Pacific region focused environment awards event, and was established by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in 2013. The awards recognise, promote and celebrate outstanding contributions of individuals, communities, non-governmental organisations, private enterprises and countries and territories towards achieving an environmentally sustainable and resilient Pacific.

The Awards will be presented during the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in Noumea, New Caledonia.  

Full details on the awards and criteria are outlined in the PIELA information note.


Nominate an environmental champion by filling in the online nomination form, or by other option.

Online Nomination Form

Other options include:

The PIELA Categories

A PIELA for excellence in national leadership in environmental sustainability and conservation.
B PIELA for excellence in community leadership in environmental sustainability and conservation.
C PIELA for excellence in leadership and innovation in environmental media
D PIELA for excellence in youth leadership in environmental sustainability and conservation
E Champion of the Pacific Environment - eligible from any category but considered by the Award Panel to be the outstanding nominee for the current award period
F PIELA lifetime achievement for excellence in Pacific environmental leadership

PIELAs will be given for outstanding achievement in the following thematic areas related to environmental sustainability in the 21 Pacific island Members within the SPREP mandate:

Focus of the Awards

Biodiversity and Ecosystem protection

Achievements in protecting terrestrial and marine species and ecosystems, establishing and managing protected areas, linkages to sustainable livelihoods.

Environmental governance

Achievements relating to establishment and implementation of national laws and policies, regional frameworks, and community-based management initiatives for all environmental issues.

Climate Change adaptation and resilience

innovative solutions for ecosystem-based adaptation at community, sub-national and national levels.

Waste management and pollution control

Innovative solutions and initiatives to reduce and/or improve waste management and pollution control at the sub-national and national levels