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Cyclone PAM devastations in Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam and the importance of healthy Ecosystems

The South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, a state member of IUCN, confronted the utter devastation of category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam which tore through the islands a few weeks ago leaving behind almost 90 percent damages to buildings, to agriculture, infrastructure and ecosystems. Wind estimates suggest Port Vila sustained gusts up to 90 mph, while some Vanuatu islands saw gusts of 190 mph. At its peak, experts say gusts were close to 200 mph. This may well be one of the few powerful tropical cyclones anticipated to impact on any island state in the South Pacific. …  

01 May 2015 | News story

Rock Islands - Palau

When Earth Day is every day in Palau

On Wednesday, 22nd of April the world celebrated Earth Day. For one country in Oceania, the celebration was anything but new because every day on the island of Palau is earth day. The Republic of Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is part of the larger island group of Micronesia and forms the western chain of the Caroline Islands.  …  

30 Apr 2015 | Article

National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development

What it means to be Papua New Guinean

IUCN Oceania has been involved for the past few years in Papua New Guinea (PNG) advising and assisting the Minister of National Planning and Monitoring, Hon. Charles Abel, with the launching of the National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development for PNG. Read more about this special initiative. …  

30 Apr 2015 | News story

Cycling Fiji President Dom Sansom with Milika Vunisa winner of the LifeCycle Baseline Cycling Survey

LifeCycle Fiji gears up for more bicycles to hit the road

The third Steering Committee meeting of the LifeCycle Fiji campaign was held at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania Regional Office on Friday 17th April. Attendees included ongoing representation from the private sector, municipal and national government, and regional NGOs. This marked the third quarterly meeting of the Steering Committee since individual consultations began leading up to the general stakeholder assembly on August 20th, 2014.  …  

30 Apr 2015 | Article

Vaka representatives at Raukura Hauora o Tainui

Tainui hosts vaka representatives for Post Mua Voyage meeting in Auckland, New Zealand

The Māori tribe, Tainui hosted and welcomed vaka leaders from the Pacific Island voyaging societies with a pōwhiri (traditional welcome) in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand) on Monday 13 April. As we lead up to the launch of the next vaka voyage, representatives met to follow up on Mua Voyage 2014 and discuss opportunities for the future.
 

24 Apr 2015 | Article

Bird Island, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji

Pacific protected area partnership reinvigorated

Established in conjunction with the Pacific Islands Round Table for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, a regional Protected Areas working group is being reinvigorated with the support of the BIOPAMA programme and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and is a driver to deliver the Regional Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi to boost environmental information for decision-makers

Over 650 delegates from government, UN bodies, the non-governmental sector, private sector, academia and civil society will gather in Abu Dhabi between 6 and 8 October for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015, to bridge the information gap policy makers face in designing plans for sustainable development. …  

14 Apr 2015 | News story

Lake Sils - Switzerland

World Water Forum: From crises to opportunities

Every three years, the World Water Forum puts water into the global spotlight. This 7th edition, which started on Sunday 12 April in Daegu and Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, will focus on moving from policy talk to implementation – on how to put proven solutions to water challenges into wider use by harnessing innovation, creativity and know-how on a scale that can make a difference at local to global levels. …  

13 Apr 2015 | Article

Mangroves, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Pacific Islands Community Co-adaptive management Course revitalised

The Pacific Islands Community Co-adaptive management Course (PICCC) is an effective capacity development initiative for Pacific Island biodiversity conservation practitioners. Run several times since 2000, the course has been revitalized in 2015 by key partners, the Institute of Applied Science (IAS) of USP, the LMMA Network, SPREP, BIOPAMA and MACBIO, along with other regional partners. Their concrete efforts aim at reviving, updating, and consolidating the course over a five year period (2015-2019). …  

08 Apr 2015 | Article

A group shot of 50 days for 50 years participants at the Valentine’s Fun Cycle Challenge photo credit

IUCN and SPC welcome the Cook Islands to the LifeCycle Pacific Initiative

 The Cook Islands, led by IUCN member Te Ipukarea Society (TIS), have recently joined the LifeCycle Pacific Initiative, which aims to promote the productive use of renewable energy and encourage people to cycle in their daily commute. The 50 days for 50 years cycling campaign led by Te Ipukarea Society will help achieve the LifeCycle Pacific initiative’s objectives. …  

06 Apr 2015 | News story

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