Oceania

Okavango Delta, a Ramsar Wetland and World Heritage Site

Safeguarding the world’s wetlands – let’s be bold, brave and ambitious

“We have to make the Ramsar Convention a catalyst for change – and change on a scale massive enough to stop and reverse a terrible history of wetland loss and destruction.” …   | Spanish

03 Jun 2015 | News story

ISS School students at the workshop

Youth Awareness Waste-to-Art Workshop launches in Lami,Fiji

In May, a group of young students from International School Suva (ISS) assembled at the Lami Town Council Chambers for a workshop in creative communication of conservation & waste management practices in Lami, Fiji.   …  

02 Jun 2015 | News story

Tree Kangaroo, WPZ, Papua New Guinea, Dendrolagus matschiei

Tree kangaroo-friendly coffee - a triple win story

Business is increasingly regarded as a key player in leading nature conservation. This week IUCN is engaging with representatives of several global businesses at the Sustainable Brands conference taking place in San Diego. Here is one example of the benefits conservation can bring to wildlife and a company’s profit margin. …  

02 Jun 2015 | News story

Parties to the Nauru Agreement

Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), Interview with Maurice Brownjon

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) was established in 1982 between eight Pacific Island states, namely Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. These member countries are at the forefront of collective decision making about conservation and management of tuna. The PNA controls the world’s largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery and is informed by the decision of its officials, Ministers and national leaders who realised their 200m Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) formed an almost continuous block covering almost half of tuna catches in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. The PNA has achieved regional and global recognition for sustainable management stocks for Island countries and over the last five years, revenue has increased from US$60m to US$360m. …  

02 Jun 2015 | News story

Oceania gets ready for the Regional Conservation Forum in Suva, Fiji

From the 13th to the 15th of July this year, 2015, close to 100 representatives of governments, non- government organizations and environment experts from across Oceania will come together to discuss how they can contribute to global and regional efforts to halt environmental decline and promote socio-economic well being that supports cultural and biological diversity. …  

28 May 2015 | News story

Participants of the third Pacific Green Growth Leaders' Coalition, 2015

A Pacific time, in a Pacific place with Pacific people - Pacific Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition

The inspiring atmosphere created around the Pacific Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition has definitely left its mark on the 18 Pacific Leaders gathered from the 5th to the 9th of May at Yatule Resort in Natadola, Fiji. This Fono* was a remarkable opportunity for leaders from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia to discuss common challenges to sustainable development and seek collective advice and counsel on the proposed strategies to promote Green Growth. …  

25 May 2015 | News story

Fiddler crab

All species great and small must be preserved

The paper, “The Importance and Benefits of Species”, released today in the journal Current Biology, advocates a conservation philosophy that all species are important, no matter their direct use by humans, apparent value, intelligence or attractiveness. The default setting for our relationship to all species on Earth should be “Conservation”, not trying to develop arguments for why a species should be saved through its current perceived usefulness to humans. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

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. …   | French

22 Apr 2015 | News story

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