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Southern coast of Upolu island, Samoa

Pacific protected area and other conserved areas agenda advanced at key regional fora

A series of Pacific regional workshops and gatherings provided an important opportunity to review and enhance the frame for the Pacific protected area agenda, with the participation of numerous regional partners, IUCN commissions and members. These events represented the occasion to directly engage with the Pacific stakeholders on BIOPAMA initiatives and invite input, exchange and collaboration. …   | French

24 Jul 2015 | News story

New Solar Home System installed in a church building on the island of Mo'unga'one in Tonga.

The Value of Life Cycle Analysis to combat against “Greenwashing”*

You probably know that burning fossil fuels emits carbon dioxide (CO2) - one of the greenhouse gases that cause the global warming of the planet - and other pollutants. But we often forget that CO2 emissions and contamination also occur during the extraction, refining, and transportation of oil products. For Small Island Nations like those in the Pacific, transportation of fuels plays a proportionately larger role in generating the carbon footprint of fuels.   …  

23 Jul 2015 | News story

Cloud Forest on Mount Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island

Climate change key threat to ecosystems at risk

Climate change has emerged as a key threat to a diverse range of ecosystems in Australia and beyond, according to studies published in a special issue of the journal Austral Ecology. …  

17 Jul 2015 | News story

Manta Ray Palau

IUCN Welcomes the Republic of Palau as a new State Member

The National Government of the Republic of Palau has announced its decision to become a Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) by endorsing the Union’s Statutes, becoming the 90th State Member of the world’s largest and oldest environmental network. The Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism has been designated by the Government of the Republic of Palau as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. IUCN extends its warmest welcome to the Republic of Palau. …   | French | Spanish

13 Jul 2015 | Article

Local fishers in PNG

Protecting and safeguarding the environment through Law

From Indonesia to the Solomon Islands, 363 million people depend on marine resources in the Coral Triangle region (CTR). Coping with threats from human activities and climate change is a major stake in the western Pacific region which faces overfishing, destructive fishing methods (cyanide or blast), increasing human populations and loss of critical habitats. Increasing the resilience of the coastal and marine ecosystem by strengthening coastal and marine management will contribute to food and livelihood security. …  

09 Jul 2015 | News story

NatureFiji Acmopyle mascot at the Pacific Islands Species Forum 2015

Successful Pacific Islands Species Forum comes to a close in Suva

Over three days, 65 participants came together and shared a diverse range of exciting information on Pacific Island species, talking about the issues of data gaps, research, implementation on the ground, and how data can be fed more effectively into policy. 

08 Jul 2015 | News story

Jirisan National Park, South Korea

A new chapter begins for the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas

Recognizing success provides inspiration and constructive feedback. Through the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), IUCN is seeking to provide an innovative tool for managers and protected area systems to assess and monitor PA values, identify existing possibilities to improve performance and demonstrate how effective management can lead to positive conservation impacts. A milestone meeting held in Switzerland marked the beginning of the “GLPA Development Phase”. The development of the global GLPA standard has shifted into a higher gear, building on the lessons from the pilot phase. …  

08 Jul 2015 | Article

Pacific Islands Species Forum 2015 Day 2

The Pacific Islands Species Forum: appetite for resources threatening our species

Suva, Fiji.  Over-exploitation, invasive alien species, logging, agriculture, mining, fishing, and climate change are just some of the issues threatening our Pacific Islands’ species and ecosystems.  

07 Jul 2015 | News story

Pacific Islands Species Forum 2015

Second Pacific Islands Species Forum: from data to action

Suva, Fiji. On Monday 6th July 2015, the second Pacific Islands Species Forum (PISF) was opened at the University of the South Pacific. …  

06 Jul 2015 | News story

Solomon Islands

Pacific tool for improved protected area information

The BIOPAMA programme is establishing in the Pacific a Regional Reference Information System (RRIS) to help improve information about protected areas in this region. The RRIS is housed within the Pacific Islands Protected Areas Portal (PIPAP), currently being developed as an important regional hub for information exchange between people working with protected areas. …   | French

06 Jul 2015 | Article

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