Oceania

Cyclone PAM devastations in Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam and the importance of healthy Ecosystems

The South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, a state member of IUCN, confronted the utter devastation of category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam which tore through the islands a few weeks ago leaving behind almost 90 percent damages to buildings, to agriculture, infrastructure and ecosystems. Wind estimates suggest Port Vila sustained gusts up to 90 mph, while some Vanuatu islands saw gusts of 190 mph. At its peak, experts say gusts were close to 200 mph. This may well be one of the few powerful tropical cyclones anticipated to impact on any island state in the South Pacific. …  

01 May 2015 | News story

National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development

What it means to be Papua New Guinean

IUCN Oceania has been involved for the past few years in Papua New Guinea (PNG) advising and assisting the Minister of National Planning and Monitoring, Hon. Charles Abel, with the launching of the National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development for PNG. Read more about this special initiative. …  

30 Apr 2015 | News story

Bird Island, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji

Pacific protected area partnership reinvigorated

Established in conjunction with the Pacific Islands Round Table for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, a regional Protected Areas working group is being reinvigorated with the support of the BIOPAMA programme and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and is a driver to deliver the Regional Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi to boost environmental information for decision-makers

Over 650 delegates from government, UN bodies, the non-governmental sector, private sector, academia and civil society will gather in Abu Dhabi between 6 and 8 October for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015, to bridge the information gap policy makers face in designing plans for sustainable development. …  

14 Apr 2015 | News story

A group shot of 50 days for 50 years participants at the Valentine’s Fun Cycle Challenge photo credit

IUCN and SPC welcome the Cook Islands to the LifeCycle Pacific Initiative

 The Cook Islands, led by IUCN member Te Ipukarea Society (TIS), have recently joined the LifeCycle Pacific Initiative, which aims to promote the productive use of renewable energy and encourage people to cycle in their daily commute. The 50 days for 50 years cycling campaign led by Te Ipukarea Society will help achieve the LifeCycle Pacific initiative’s objectives. …  

06 Apr 2015 | News story

LifeCycle project.

Fiji Stakeholders meet to review the LifeCycle Initiative

Multi sector stakeholder representatives of the LifeCycle initiative met in Fiji to review bicycle survey results and develop a plan to promote cycling in Fiji.   …  

02 Apr 2015 | News story

Group photo of participants and stakeholders at the Kai workshop, 24 February 2015

Increasing economic benefits from Fiji’s Kai industry to improve livelihoods of rural communities

The Freshwater clam, Batissa violacea, known locally as Kai, has been the topic of discussion in recent workshops in Fiji focussed on local fisheries. Dr Milika Sobey from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has been heading the Kai project which looks at increasing economic benefits from Fiji’s Kai fishery to improve the livelihoods of rural communities. The project is funded by the French Pacific Funds administered through the French Embassy in Suva. …  

02 Apr 2015 | News story

Participants to the member's dialogue

Member’s dialogue firms up commitments to strengthening the Union

Over the years, IUCN as an organisation has grown. With this growth is the call for effective support and services in environment and conservation. As a membership driven organisation, emphasis has been on how members can be involved in the work of the secretariat in projects, programmes and in policies of IUCN. Today the issue of relevance and value is in how members, commissions and the secretariat can support each other and help achieve goals together. …  

01 Apr 2015 | News story

Participants to PICCC fieldtrip

Pacific Islands Community Co-adaptive management Course (PICCC) Revitalised

Natural resource managers and conservation practitioners recently gathered at the University of the South Pacific (USP) to participate in the Pacific Islands Community Co-adaptive management Course (PICCC). …  

01 Apr 2015 | News story

Yacht in the Vava'u Group

Quantifying the value of key ecosystem services in Vava’u

A socioeconomic study, Natural resources and livelihoods in Vava’u to identify, describe and quantify the linkages between natural ecosystems and household livelihoods in the Vava’u Archipelago in Tonga, including the adjacent marine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) was recently conducted by Jacob Salcone, resource economist at the IUCN Oceania Regional Office, under the direction of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) Coastal and Marine Advisers. …  

01 Apr 2015 | News story

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