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SOS Save OUr Species, Coq En Pate, Koguma

SOS partner Coq En Pate's Koguma launches on Kickstarter

Imagine a polar icecap coming to life before your eyes through the power of your mobile phone! That's Koguma - a piggybank for wildlife, in the shape of a polar bear. …  

17 Nov 2015 | News story

Kai community visit team of IUCN ORO, French Embassy and Rewa Provincial officials at Muana village.

A day out for kai : Community visit to Muana village, Rewa, Fiji for the kai fishery project

On Tuesday 10 November, IUCN Oceania Regional Office successfully organised a community visit trip to a kai fishery project site in Muana Village in Rewa, led by the Regional Program Coordinator, Mason Smith. The community visit consisted of a small delegation from the French Embassy led by the Head of Culture, Education and Science section, Emmanuelle Charrier as well as officials from the Rewa Provincial Office. …  

13 Nov 2015 | News story

Mini-Hydro in the Solomon Islands

Mini-Hydro Training in the Solomon Islands

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with the support of the Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) Program from Arizona State University, the Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PacTVET) Program led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Secretariat (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), and the Department of Energy of the Solomon Islands are hosting a Mini-Hydro training workshop for Mini-Hydro technicians from 4 to 13 November 2015 at Bulelevata Village in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. …  

10 Nov 2015 | News story

Workshop group

First Waste-to-Art Workshop in Series

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) held the first in a series of four Waste-to-Art Youth Workshops throughout November on Saturday, November 7th. Supported by the Embassy of the United States of America,and the Pacific Development & Conservation Trust of New Zealand, IUCN has been working in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Lami Town Council, Suva City Council and the Department of Lands to involve a large group of students in the process of conservation education and creating sculptures to install at the former Lami dump site, which is now in the process of being converted into a public recreational park for the greater Suva community. …  

09 Nov 2015 | News story


Invasive Plant Inventory Training Successfully Completed

Along with illegal harvesting and habitat destruction, invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the health of Palau’s forests. While most of Palau’s forests are very healthy, all are under threat from invasive species, and some PAN sites have already been invaded. For this reason, the Bureau of Agriculture (BOA) and the Protected Areas Network (PAN) Office have begun taking action to address this threat. The first action is to learn what invasive species are present, and where they are – an inventory. Developing inventories of invasive species is the first of a set of five criteria for integrating invasive species into management of protected areas, adopted this year by the Micronesia Challenge Steering Committee and the Micronesia Regional Invasive Species Council. Until this week, however, Palau lacked the capacity to develop these essential inventories. …  

06 Nov 2015 | News story

Officers of IUCN ORO at the opening of the IPP/PPA Workshop for GEFPAS Low Carbon Island Nations

IUCN ORO convenes IPP/PPA Workshop for GEFPAS Low Carbon Islands Nations

As part of the Global Environment Facility Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEFPAS) Low Carbon Islands project, implemented by the UN Environment Programme and executed by IUCN ORO, a two-day intensive workshop was held on 29-30 October in Nadi, Fiji Islands to introduce and detail the concepts involved in Independent Power Production and Power Purchase Agreements between national utilities and the private sector. The Low Carbon Islands project is being implemented in the countries of Nauru, Niue, and Tuvalu, where integration of private sector into the process of adopting renewable energy and energy efficient technologies is being emphasized through regulatory review & policy development, financial mechanism support, and public awareness activities. To augment interdepartmental coordination, we requested participation through representative delegates from the respective government Law Offices and Ministries of Finance alongside the national utilities. …  

06 Nov 2015 | News story

Western Province Solomon Islands

Partnering for improved protected area information

In the Pacific, the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme comes across a number of national and regional projects that have similar aims, particularly for improving the standard of baseline information about protected areas. This feature highlights aspects of the breadth of interaction, trust building and benefits evidence required in order to develop information access and sharing arrangements, supported by a specific example of collaboration between projects and actors in the Solomon Islands. …   | French

27 Oct 2015 | Article

Participants to the first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) in Tonga.

Ha'apai hosts the first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) in Tonga

The first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) was opened on Wednesday 14 October by the Governor of Ha’apai District, Mo’ale Finau. In his opening remarks, Governor Finau stressed that that the whole of Tonga need to embrace the SMA programme in order to preserve all marine life in our coastal areas not only for our immediate needs but most importantly for future generations. …  

14 Oct 2015 | News story

The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa departing Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney

A sea change: new global commitments to oceans and sustainability

As the UN, governments, NGOs and civil society organisations met at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York last month, the world seems to be waking up to recognise the critical roles that a healthy environment, and healthy oceans can play in addressing current challenges, including poverty, climate change, food and water security, and disaster risk reduction. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Participants of the Regional Technical Regional Technical bêche-de-mer (BdM) meeting in Nuku’alofa in October 2015.

Less planning, more action on – and regional approach to - Pacific Islands bêche-de-mer fisheries

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga was honoured to host the inaugural Regional Technical bêche-de-mer (BdM) meeting in Nuku’alofa in October 2015. With the experiences and many challenges faced in sustainably managing the bêche-de-mer fishery in Tonga and the region as a whole, the Honourable Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, Minister of Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries expressed his concern at the real problems behind the failure to sustainably manage this fishery. …  

06 Oct 2015 | Article

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