Oceania

Finger coral in shallw water, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Hawaii

Ocean life facing a corrosive future - new report

The ocean moderates human-induced global warming but at the cost of profound alterations to its physics, chemistry, ecology and ecosystems services. These are the findings of a report published today in Science by the Oceans 2015 Initiative and co-authored by IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Marine Vice Chair, Dan Laffoley. …  

02 Jul 2015 | News story

UN Member States formally adopt a resolution for the introduction of legal measures to protect the high seas

A major step towards a legally-binding deal for the high seas

Another significant step towards improved protection and management of the high seas was achieved today as UN Member States formally adopted a resolution for the development of legal measures to conserve marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Jun 2015 | News story

13A-069-022 Tagging oceanic manta rays 2, Socorro Islands, Mexico _ Josh Stewart, SOS Save Our Species, Manta Trust

To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife

According to the United Nations, World Oceans Day is about a healthy planet being based on healthy oceans – so true and in so many ways! The ecological pressures on Earth’s oceans are as diverse and daunting as the storms that can roll across its blue horizons. But there is hope rolling in the deep! Days like today can catalyse, unite and promote efforts to save these, our blue lungs, from ourselves. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

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

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