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Monthly update from the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in Suva, Fiji.
Diana Shand, IUCN Regional Councillor

Message from outgoing IUCN Regional Councillor

Kia ora Oceania friends and Colleagues and especially NZIUCN. It has been my honour and privilege to serve as your Regional Councillor in Oceania. 

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Robin Yarrow, IUCN Regional Councillor

Thank you IUCN Oceania

Outgoing IUCN Regional Councillor, Robin Yarrow, expresses his appreciation to the IUCN Oceania Regional Office team for their work in the region and for their support at the Congress in Jeju, Korea.


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IUCN’s new President elected

Mr Zhang Xinsheng, new IUCN President, with IUCN staff from Oceania.

Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China is the new President of IUCN and will lead the Union for the next four years. He was elected on 12 September at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. He succeeds Ashok Khosla, who successfully represented IUCN since the last Congress held in Barcelona.

> Listen to the newly-elected President speak about his hopes and plans for the future

New Oceania Regional Councillors

Flowers on a market in Bangkok, Thailand

We congratulate our newly elected Regional Councillors on their new appointments: Andrew Bignell (New Zealand), Brendan Mackey (Australia) and
Anna Elizabeth Tiraa (Cook Islands).


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Fijian chief shares his vision

Ratu Aisea Katonivere, Paramount chief of Macuata Province, Fiji at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Chief of Macuata Province in Fiji, Ratu Aisea Katonivere, was part of the high profile delegates from Oceania at Congress. He featured at a number of events and shared on the successful community conservation efforts he is leading on in Macuata.

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The future of World Heritage a major issue at Congress

Palau - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Discussions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju Korea included an extremely vibrant debate on World Heritage, with no less than eighteen different events. The IUCN Congress also adopted two motions on World Heritage.


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Best knowledge on mining impacts needed

Lionfish swimming around the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Two motions related to mining, proposed by Oceania Members of IUCN, were approved by the Members' Assembly in Jeju. Te Ipukarea Society of the Cook Islands was one of the key sponsors for the motions.

> Teina Mackenzie of TIS speaks on why the sea bed mining motion is important

> Climate change is the gun to green growth

Mining in the Pacific - an industry perspective

Kayaks to Korea - community leaders share local marine management expertise on a global stage

Australia’s giant leap forward in ocean protection



The Pacific Regional Briefing on Building Resilience to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands - 30 October - 2 November. For more information contact

MESCAL Legal & Policy Review Groundtruthing Meetings - 7-9 November,Solomon Islands. 12-14 November, Vanuatu. 20-22 November, Tonga and 26-29 November, Samoa. For more information contact

 Australian Committee for IUCN Meeting - 14-15 November

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Professor Randolph Robert Thaman, Fiji

Professor Thaman delivers his speech after receiving his award. Professor Randolph Robert Thaman of the University of the South Pacific was awarded an Honorary Membership of IUCN Award by IUCN at the 2012 Congress in Jeju, Korea.

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Dr Aila Keto, Australia

Dr Aila Keto, Australia Australian born Aila Keto was the second Honorary Membership of IUCN Award recipient from Oceania awarded  in Jeju. We congratulate Dr Keto on this excellent achievement.

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Wendy Goldstein, Australia

Wendy Goldstein receives the  2012 Paul F-Brandwein Medal in Jeju, Korea. Wendy Goldstein from Macquarie University’s Graduate School of the Environment was presented with the 2012 Paul F-Brandwein Medal for a lifetime commitment to conservation education. The medal was awarded in partnership between the Brandwein Institute and IUCN CEC and presented at the Congress in Jeju.

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> Download the IUCN Programme 2013-16
> Download IUCN Oceania's Strategic Document 2013-16


> Kava and Kayaks to Korea
> Charting the future of islands


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