The newly discovered plant

Most Pacific species still unknown

The Pacific is blessed with amazing ecosystems and species diversity, but scientists say that there is still not enough known about species from this region to adequately inform conservation efforts for them.  …  

27 Apr 2012 | News story

Invasive predator snail (Euglandina rosea) feeding on an endemic snail species in French Polynesia

Another kind of threat for island biodiversity

Invasive alien species (IAS) are a global concern as they threaten biodiversity, health, food security, tourism and trade. Island ecosystems are most vulnerable to the impacts of IAS. Scientists say that 50%-67% of extinctions of terrestrial species on islands have been caused by the impacts of IAS.  …  

27 Apr 2012 | News story

Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon. Gordon Lilo addresses the forum.

“To conserve, we must appreciate”, says Prime Minister Lilo

Today marks the opening of the Pacific Islands Species Forum, the first regional forum to bring together local, regional and international scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and conservation experts to deliberate the challenges facing the rich biodiversity of the Pacific Islands. …  

25 Apr 2012 | News story

Christine Milne, IUCN Vice-President

Former IUCN Vice-President becomes leader of Australian Green Party

IUCN welcomes the election of Christine Milne as leader of the Greens, one of the most popular political parties in Australia. …  

16 Apr 2012 | News story

People fishing Pacific islands

Melanesian countries can lead processes for sustainable fisheries, says Nature Roundtable

 Melanesia is in a good position to influence national and regional processes for sustainable fisheries and responsible oceans governance says the Offshore Fisheries Working Group of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation, in a presentation last week to Prime Ministers, Ministers and senior government officials attending the weeklong Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit in Suva, Fiji. …  

02 Apr 2012 | News story

More solar systems for Tonga

43 new solar home systems have been installed and are now in full operation on the island of Lofanga in the Kingdom of Tonga. This is the third solar project completed by IUCN Oceania and the Government of Tonga, with support from the Governments of Italy and Austria, in the remote islands of Ha'apai. …  

30 Mar 2012 | News story
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Cane fields such as this were heavily affected.

Nature can help lessen flood impacts says IUCN

While flooding in the western division of Vitilevu in Fiji cannot be avoided or prevented, its impacts can be minimized if nature’s health is kept intact says IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  …  

02 Feb 2012 | News story

The newly discovered flower system

New plant discovered in Fiji

A new flowering plant belonging to the Medinilla plant group has been discovered in the highlands of Matasawalevu village, on the island of Kadavu in Fiji. The plant was found during a biodiversity assessment of the Nakasaleka district carried out as part of IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative (WANI). …  

19 Jan 2012 | News story

Locals in Kadavu watch a demonstration of potting soil bags as part of the training on native forest restoration.

Water wins in Oceania

Successes and lessons learnt from IUCN’s water projects in Oceania were the highlight of discussions at the final Water and Nature Initiative Project Meeting, held from November 28 to December 1 2011 in Suva, Fiji. …  

08 Dec 2011 | News story

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi), a species endemic to Cayman Islands and listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

Europe’s overseas territories need more protection

Giant “Mountain Chicken” frogs, the 25 million bird island, and a rainforest the size of Portugal are increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change and in need of greater protection, according to a new report published by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | French | Spanish

02 Nov 2011 | News story

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