A regular update of IUCN news in the Oceania Region: July 2011

Anare Matakiviti

Clean Development Mechanisms – the reality in Pacific Countries

Anare Matakiviti, Energy Programme Coordinator at IUCN Oceania critics the on-going Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) training programme currently being conducted in African, Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries and proposes an alternative view on what the focus should be in Pacific Island Countries. 

> Read what he says
Samoan children, Savai’i Island, Samoa

Samoa joins the IUCN family

This month we welcome the Independent State of Samoa as our newest State Member. Samoa is the fifth Pacific Island Country to become a State Member of IUCN from Oceania, joining Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Tonga. 

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Pacific Islands green economic future must challenge global economic models

Members of the Roundtable for Nature Conservation of the Pacific Islands want Pacific Leaders to urge for global economic change at Rio+20 in 2012. The Pacific's economy cannot go green alone.

> Read this story and more from the 14th Annual Roundtable meeting
Bigeye tuna (thunnus obesus).

Urgent action needed for tunas

The latest assessment on all species of scombrids and billfishes shows that the situation is particularly serious for tunas. Five of the eight species of tuna are in the threatened or near threatened IUCN Red List Categories.

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Participants during training.

Huge demand for enforcement training in the Pacific

There is a huge demand for training in the policing of environmental legislations across the Pacific region. This was the popular feedback from participants and partners of the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Training Course as it concluded on July 22, 2011 in Fiji.

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Energy LI

Improving capacity for clean development mechanisms

The third Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) capacity building workshop undertaken under the CDM Programme of Activities was completed in June 27-30 in Suva, Fiji. This is a series of four workshops facilitated by the UNEP Risoe Centre in Denmark under the UNFCCC framework to build capacity in least developed countries and small island developing states in the Asia, Caribbean and Pacific territory. This workshop was aimed at improving local capacity in preparing Project Idea Notes (PINs) and Project Design Documents (PDDs). Participants included representatives from the University of the South Pacific, IUCN Oceania and government agencies from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea. For more information contact larissa.brisbane@iucn.org

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Coming up: Oceania Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN holds Regional Conservation Fora every four years in preparation for its World Conservation Congress. This year’s Oceania Regional Conservation Forum will be co-hosted by the IUCN Oceania Regional Office, the Australian Committee of IUCN and the Queensland Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 

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New committee runs Te Ipukarea Society

New IUCN Member, The Cook Islands Environmental NGO (or Te Ipukarea Society) held its Annual General Meeting in June and elected its new executive committee and members. 

> Read their latest newsletter and find out what they are doing.

Determining migration patterns of female green turtles

In its efforts to conserve turtles, Te mana o te moana has embarked on satellite tagging turtles to discover migration and breeding patterns. Four green female turtles were tagged between December 2010 and March 2011 and the association is learning valuable information about their migratory patterns.

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Moon reef spinners

Cetacean research in Samoa waters

The first cetacean research of the Samoan waters has been completed by a post-graduate student of the University of the South Pacific. Juney Ward undertook the research over 17 days between March and April this year as a contribution to the Pacific Cetaceans Memorandum of Understanding.

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One of the cleanest places on Earth

View from Mount Gower

Fact sheet on Lord Howe Island World Heritage Site, Australia.

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Proceedings of the Regional Workshop on Trade in Corals and Determining Non-detrimental Findings

This report is divided into four sections. Part I provides an introduction to the coral trade in the Pacific, while Part II contains presentations by individual government representatives. Part III provides a summary of management instruments, particularly in relation to NDFs and the establishment of quotas. Part IV provides a short discussion on issues.

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22 – 25 August

IUCN Oceania Regional Conservation Forum, Brisbane, Australia.

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12 – 16 September

IUCN Red List Evaluation workshop for freshwater fishes, reptiles and land snails, in Fiji. For more information, contact helen.pippard@iucn.org


The Smooth Hammerhead

The Smooth Hammerhead This species is being increasingly targeted for the shark fin trade, as its large fins are highly valued and are often removed while the rest of the carcass is discarded.
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Flat- tail Sea Snake

Flat-tail Sea Snake This species is endemic to the island nation of Niue, in the southern Pacific Ocean. The Flat-tail Sea Snake is found to depths of 50 m and occupies an extent of occurrence of less than 300 km².
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Broadgilled Hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus As bottom feeders, hagfish play an important role by cleaning the ocean floor and recycling nutrients into the food web. A recent study indicates that hagfish species in Southern Australia are threatened with extinction.  
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