Oceania is geographically one of IUCN’s largest regional programmes, covering over 100 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. The region comprises Australia, New Zealand and the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories making up Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The total human population is estimated at approximately 35 million, of whom nearly two thirds are resident in Australia.  Learn more

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Montane Rainforest, Yus Conservation and Landscape, Papua New Guinea

IUCN Energy project making a difference in PNG local community

The community of Mananakele in Papua New Guinea will soon receive their own solar home systems which will provide them lighting by the end of this year.

04 Sep 2015 | Article

Jacob Salcone, IUCN Oceania.

Should conservation organizations treat nature as natural capital? - An opinion piece by Jacob Salcone

I was in a meeting recently with a mix of government and NGO representatives. The meeting was organized by WWF to share some economic analysis they had conducted of Fiji’s Great Sea Reef. As the conversation turned to why the economic information was useful and how it would be used, Sele Tagivuni, an older gentleman who had been with the Fiji Ministry of Environment for many years recounted an interaction he had with a senior planning officer. “Birds. Why are you always telling me about birds?” he said to Sele. “Are you planning to have a Christmas lovo [feast]?”   …  

03 Sep 2015 | Article

The people of Maramasike, Solomon Islands highly depend on mangroves for their source of livelihood

Mangrove teachers resource book completed

With the financial support of USAID and the technical support of PNG Research and Conservation Foundation (RCF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an IUCN member, has developed a Mangrove Teachers Resource Book for use at Primary Schools at participating MARSH sites and for other areas in New Ireland where mangroves and mangrove conservation are an important consideration.  …  

03 Sep 2015 | Article

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