Oceania

Taholo Kami, Oceania Regional Director, with USP Vice Chancellor, Prof Rajesh Chandra

IUCN Joins Forces with Regional University for Conservation Action

Suva, Fiji, 28 January 2009 (IUCN) – An agreement signed today between two leading actors in scientific research and action for environment and nature conservation marks a new chapter for conservation and sustainable development in the Pacific islands region. The agreement formalises a long-standing partnership between IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) and promises to strengthen collaborative initiatives for conservation and sustainable development through research, training and teaching.
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29 Jan 2009 | News story
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Buy, Sell and Trade! Free Game on Ecosystem Services.

IUCN and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), along with input from key stakeholders (Earthwatch Institute, World Resources Institute, Katoomba Group/Forest Trends, the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and Fundacion Entorno) have developed a free, interactive and fun game about how ecosystem markets work. …  

20 Jan 2009 | News story

Participants at the recent IUCN-SPREP joint energy meeting

IUCN Encourages Strengthened Partnerships to Coordinate Pacific Energy Activities

IUCN has joined forces with the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to help coordinate their respective energy projects in Pacific island nations. IUCN’s Energy, Ecosystems and Sustainable Development Livelihood Initiative (EESLI) and SPREP’s Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP) held a joint meeting in Apia, Samoa in November 2008 to map a coordinated way forward for the projects. …  

19 Dec 2008 | News story

Bernard O'Callaghan

Oceania Regional Office Welcomes New Programme Coordinator

Bernard O’Callaghan has recently joined the Oceania Regional Office as its new Programme Coordinator. Formerly Programme Coordinator for the IUCN Vietnam Country Programme, Bernard brings with him a wealth of experience in wetlands and marine conservation in the Asia-Pacific region. …  

25 Nov 2008 | News story

Natalie Stalenberg

Environmental Policy Advisor joins the Oceania Office

Natalie Stalenberg has joined the Oceania Regional Office as its new Environmental Policy Advisor. Natalie has a background in water resource management, community consultation and communications. Most recently she worked with the South Australian Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation to develop policies for a water allocation plan for the Mount Lofty Ranges. This work included extensive consultation with a wide range of different industry and community groups. …  

21 Nov 2008 | News story

Aroha Te Pareake Mead

Oceania Representative to Chair IUCN Commission

Aroha Te Pareake Mead has been elected Chair of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) for the next 4-year period. Aroha succeeds Taghi Farvar, who completed his term as Chair this year. …  

17 Nov 2008 | News story

Kelvin Passfield - Marine Programme Officer, Oceania Regional Office

IUCN Marine Programme in Oceania Ramps Up

The recruitment of a marine programme officer at IUCN’s Oceania Regional Office in Suva, promises to boost the organisation’s input to marine conservation activities in the region. Kelvin Passfield, who commenced work at the Suva-based office in August this year, brings with him extensive experience in the management of fisheries from throughout the Asia and Pacific region. …  

13 Nov 2008 | News story

White capped Albatross, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Getting seabirds off the hook

The Hawaiian longline tuna fishery has managed to reduce seabird bycatch by 67% since 2001 by making alterations to their fishing gear and methods, a new scientific study shows.  A combination of new bait technologies and fishing techniques have dramatically reduced seabird bycatch.  More birdlife could be saved, however, if the rules were applied in a larger area and fishing effort reduced in certain seasons.   …  

03 Nov 2008 | News story

Marovo Lagoon - Stuart Chape

Pacific Film Festival Targets Climate Change

Suva – 17 September - The first ever Pacific Climate Change Film Festival is set to commence in Suva with an official launch on Monday 22 September followed by a two-day extravaganza of 17 films made by film-makers from 10 Pacific island nations. The Festival is the culmination of the Pacific Climate Change Film Project during which film-makers from a number of Pacific islands received training and guidance on developing films focused on climate change. …  

19 Sep 2008 | News story

Chris Margules of Conservation International signs the Roundtable Charter witnessed by Taholo Kami.

Conservation NGOs Agree on New Way of Working

The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation reached a turning point in its history in June 2008, with eight organisations signing a Membership Charter that commits them to improve how each of the members will work in Pacific island countries. Signing the Charter formalises membership on the Roundtable and commits organisations to becoming more transparent and accountable in implementing the newly drafted Regional Action Strategy for Nature Conservation, 2008-2012. …  

11 Aug 2008 | News story

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