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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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The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit

Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation. …  

01 Sep 2015 | News story

Ocean Elder

The importance of regional networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and how to achieve them - An opinion piece by Graeme Kelleher AO

Graeme Kelleher is an “Ocean Elder”, a long-standing active WCPA member and author of the WCPA “Guidelines for Marine Protected Areas”, among many other publications. Based on decades of experience, Graeme has distilled some of his thoughts on how best to go about conservation involving marine protected areas, which we are happy to promote here. …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

Tiny island near Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

Micronesia/Melanesia: Small islands, large seas – and a different view on protected areas

The northern Pacific Ocean is a seemingly endless stretch of water, scattered with thousands of islands and atolls, which average a third of a square mile in size. However, these Small-Island Developing States (SIDS) are also “Large Ocean Countries” – with their combined marine territories covering an area the size of the continental United States. Climate change impacts are immediate – not as something to be expected in a distant future - they are impacting water and food security, migration patterns, economic activities and many other realities of life. …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

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