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Prime Minister of PNG, The Honourable Peter O'Neill CMG (left) and Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, The Honourable Charles Abel (right) at the Strategy launch

PNG shifts towards responsible development

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) commends the PNG Government for launching their National Strategy for Responsible Development this month. …  

17 Apr 2014 | News story

The American red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a freshwater turtle usually sold as a pet, and now introduced in several European countries where it represents an ecological threat for the indigenous fauna and flora.

European Parliament adopts legislation to tackle invasive alien species at EU level

The European Parliament today adopted legislative plans to prevent the introduction and manage the spread in the EU of invasive alien species (IAS) of plants, animals or insects that cause ecological and economic damage. The legislation aims to tackle the threat through better, more coordinated action by member states, and provides for a ban on species declared to be of “Union concern”. …  

16 Apr 2014 | News story

Tusheti PAs

Final mile in historic handover of Georgian forest protection to local control

The first months of 2014 have seen IUCN and local authorities identify a new way forward to achieve a historic first for forest protection in Georgia: a total handover of forest to local control in the sublime landscape of Tusheti …  

16 Apr 2014 | Article

Midori Prize for Biodiversity

Nominations Open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014

The MIDORI Prize, a biennial international prize co-organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. …  

16 Apr 2014 | News story

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) in Nusa Penida MPA, Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Penida: A Blue Solution to learn from

In the western corner of the Coral Triangle biodiversity hotspot, off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, lie the ‘Three Sisters’ – the islands trio Nusa Penida, and smaller Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The people of the Three Sisters and coastal fishers from Bali derive their livelihoods from the rich surrounding seas, through fisheries, seaweed farming, aquaculture, and dive tourism. Nusa Penida’s waters support a rich marine life, such as the peculiar Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola). …  

16 Apr 2014 | Article

Mr Saboto Caesar, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' Minister of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, at the BIOPAMA Inception Workshop for the Caribbean

BIOPAMA: supporting decision makers on biodiversity conservation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries host a huge share of our planet’s biodiversity. They all face the challenge of establishing and managing their protected areas in order to conserve key species and maintain natural ecosystems and the services they provide. BIOPAMA aims to address challenges of ACP governments by enhancing individual and institutional capacity to improve biodiversity conservation decision-making and more effective protected areas management.
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16 Apr 2014 | Article
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Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

Director Virunga National Park shot

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park in DR Congo, was shot on Tuesday in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. He is in serious but stable condition. No further details are available on the attack at the present time. …   | Dutch

16 Apr 2014 | News story

Photo de groupe des participants à l'atelier régional

Le projet de directive CEDEAO sur les infrastructures hydrauliques validé

Un atelier régional s’est tenu les 31 mars et 1er avril à Ouagadougou pour présenter, discuter et valider le projet de directive CEDEAO relative au développement d’infrastructures hydrauliques en Afrique de l’Ouest, élaborée à partir des lignes directrices validées en décembre 2011 par l’organisation communautaire. …  

15 Apr 2014 | News story

Left to Right: Teina Etches (National Council of Women), Maria Henderson  (Parekura (president) of Kouto Nui), and Ana Tiraa (Climate Change Office, IUCN Councillor)

Progress for Cook Islands Marine Park

In its strides to establish the Cook Islands Marine Park, or the Marae Moana, key stakeholders met last month to discuss findings of a legal analysis facilitated by IUCN Oceania. …  

15 Apr 2014 | News story

Director of Fiji Department of Energy (left) receiving certificate of completion

Wind energy production low in Pacific Islands

Wind power has become the least expensive and fastest growing source of renewable energy in the world. In the Pacific Islands States, however, the scale at which wind energy technology has been adopted is comparatively small. In fact amounting to only 0.004% of the global cumulative installed capacity according to recent statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council. …  

14 Apr 2014 | News story

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