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Mr. Jope Davetanivalu, Director, Fiji Department of Environment. Governments were also represented at the forum.

Forum calls on Pacific people to value all species

“Pacific Islanders must make every effort to understand and value the various species of plants and animals and natural environments that make up our island homes”. This is the call from the scientists, local to global experts and conservation practitioners who gathered at the inaugural Pacific Islands Species Forum last week in Honiara, Solomon Islands.  …  

02 May 2012 | News story

Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)

Looking back on 29 years of elephant and rhino conservation

To commemorate 50 issues of the Pachyderm journal, which began in 1983 as the African Elephant and Rhino Group Newsletter, a special 50th issue has been produced by the IUCN SSC African Elephant, African Rhino and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups. …  

30 Apr 2012 | News story

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

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica)

Seizure highlights need for pangolin conservation

The seizure of 71 pangolins being transported without documentation in Vietnam has highlighted that the formation of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group has come at an important time. …  

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

Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris)

Asian vultures fly back from brink of extinction

Once described as possibly the most abundant large bird of prey in the world, the Critically Endangered White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) has suffered a population decline of more than 99.9% in just 15 years. According to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, 10 of the world’s 23 vulture species are threatened with extinction, with the most rapid declines occurring in Asia. As scavengers, vultures have an important ecological role and these population declines have serious consequences for humans and the environment. …  

25 Apr 2012 | News story

Hornet

Top global platform on biodiversity and its benefits established

After several years of international negotiations, the final operational design of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was agreed upon during the Second Plenary Session to build IPBES held in Panama City, Panama, from 16-21 April 2012. …  

24 Apr 2012 | News story

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A call to save Africa’s vulture populations from extinction

A Pan-African Vulture Summit has urged governments to conserve and reduce threats to vultures across the continent. The Summit resolved to respectfully urge the governments of countries in Africa, and particularly the national custodians of wildlife in these countries to, among other things, ensure appropriate levels of protection and management for vultures and their breeding sites. Governments have also been called upon to legislate and enforce stringent measures to prosecute and impose harsh penalties on perpetrators of poisoning and those illegally trading in vultures and/or their body parts. …  

23 Apr 2012 | News story
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Robert Lacy with Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti)

Innovation for conservation success

Continuing our Conservation Heroes blog series is Robert Lacy who recently received the George Rabb Award for Conservation Innovation. …  

23 Apr 2012 | News story

Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Sockeye Salmon Populations at Risk

The extinction risk to populations of Sockeye or Red Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) is the focus of a PLoS ONE paper that was published today. The species’ global status is Least Concern on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, but there is growing concern about the status of individual wild populations, particularly in the southern portion of the species’ range in North America. Salmon are a cultural and biological keystone of life throughout the Pacific Rim and play a unique role in linking freshwater and marine ecosystems. …  

13 Apr 2012 | News story


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