Oceania

Participants of the workshop.

Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific

 A workshop was organized by the University of Fiji (UniFiji) on USAIDs Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) Project titled “Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific” at the Lautoka Waterfront Hotel on 2nd December 2015. The objectives of the workshop were: 1. To provide information on the USAIDs funded climate change adaptation project; “Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific”.
2. To present and discuss the Monitoring and Evaluation plan for the shallow water aquatic resource mapping project. …  

18 Dec 2015 | News story

The newly launched iTaukei Affairs Handbook and Factsheets.

Launching of the first ever iTaukei Affairs Conservation Handbook

The first ever Conservation handbook was officially launched on Tuesday 15 December by the Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela at the Holiday Inn Suva. …  

17 Dec 2015 | News story

Participants of the three days Strengthening cooperation between Large Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific meeting.

Strengthening cooperation between large marine protected areas

The Pacific Islands region has responsibility for 10% of the global ocean surface and hosting the world's largest tuna stocks. Currently, marine protected areas cover just over 2% of the world’s oceans, and only about 1% is strongly protected in no-take marine reserves. In this context, small Pacific Island states with massive ocean territory are taking a global leadership position by establishing and effectively managing large scale marine protected areas and others are making similar pledges. …  

17 Dec 2015 | News story

Submerged Mangrove

Building the next level for coastal blue carbon action

Today, Australian Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt announced the establishment of an International Partnership for Blue Carbon. The partnership creates a collaborative network of governments, non-profit organisations, intergovernmental agencies, and scientists to scale up and amplify understanding of blue carbon and to accelerate action on the important role coastal blue carbon ecosystems play in climate change actions. …  

06 Dec 2015 | News story

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

Palau

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

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