The Pacific Islands Environment Leadership Awards (PIELA) was established by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in 2013 and are the only Pacific region focused environment awards. 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.
PIELAs were given for outstanding achievement in the following thematic areas related to environmental sustainability in the 21 Pacific island Members within the SPREP mandate:
- 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