Moon reef spinners.

A monthly update of IUCN news in the Oceania Region: February 2012


Management and monitoring plan produced for hydro construction in Vanuatu

An environment management and monitoring plan has been produced for IUCN's hydro project in Talise River, Vanuatu. This is a first of such plans for a community based energy project in Vanuatu. A week-long consultation on the plan was undertaken by IUCN's Energy Programme Coordinator, raising awareness with relevant agencies and the three village communities involved on the need to proceed with caution on all aspects of work regarding the hydro project.

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The weir on Talise River.
Helen Pippard with others in Abhu Dabi at the 2nd IUCN SSC Chairs Meeting.

Species experts gather at Abu Dhabi

IUCN Oceania's Helen Pippard and Bernard O'Callaghan attended the second IUCN SSC Chairs’ meeting that took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from February 23rd-27th.


The meeting provided a unique opportunity for 300 participants from Specialist Group, stand-alone Red List Authority (RLA) and Task Force Chairs in the SSC and the IUCN Global Species Programme to meet, share their experiences, and discuss ways forward on key conservation issues. Discussions were also held to explore existing and future collaborations with other IUCN Commissions, Programmes and international conventions.


Ms Pippard co-organized a session with Alan Tye of SPREP, which looked at tools and mechanisms to encourage the promotion and sharing of knowledge amongst conservation scientists and managers working in island States.


The meeting was generously sponsored by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), with the support of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.

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Kadavu, Fiji Islands.

A platform for learning and dialogue

Since May 2011, IUCN Oceania has continued to coordinate a series of lectures bringing experts from various academic institutions and organizations to talk about their work, methodologies, challenges and achievements related to the marine environment and the pressing dilemma of climate change. The Ma'afu Marine Lecture Series (MMLS) has attracted the attention of marine conservation experts, students and even the media.


This month the MMLS  featured Ms Rebecca Weeks of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and colleagues from the American Museum of Natural History. Ms Weeks elaborated on the participatory and ecosystem based management work that WCS is undertaking in the Kubulau Marine Protected Area Network in Fiji. Ms Eleanor Sterling, the Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and Mr. Chris Filardi, the Director for the Pacific Program both from the American Museum of Natural History talked about their island research initiatives, policy engagements as well as grassroots community partnerships in the Pacific, with an emphasis on work in the Solomon Islands. 


Featuing next on the MMLS is Mr. Mike Neumann who will talk about the Shark Reef Marine Reserve and associated tourism and research aspects. 

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UN Women visits

Ms Elzira Sagynbaeva arrived in Suva on the third week of this month, commencing her role as Regional Programme Director for UN Women in the Pacific. She paid a courtesy visit to the Oceania Regional Office and discussions centered on potential collaboration with IUCN particularly on the UN Women's work with Barefoot College.


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Cook Islanders decide next steps for their IBAs

The Pacific Islands of Mauke and Mangaia have been identfied as Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) by Te Ipukarea Society (TIS), an IUCN Member, and BirdLife International. TIS Programme Manager Jacqui Evans recently travelled to the two islands to raise awareness in the community about the importance to the world of their unique and threatened species.

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Kids at eco-camp in Kadavu.

Kids eco-camp builds a brighter future for Fijian IBA

IUCN International Member, BirdLife International Fiji Programme completed a two day eco-camp for kids of Nabukelevu on the island of Kadavu in Fiji. The Fiji Programme established the Nabukelevu Site Support Group (SSG) to support their work at Mount Nabukelevu, one of 14 Important Bird Area sites in Fiji.


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BIOPAMA's Global Inception Workshop - 20-24 March. Gland, Switzerland.

Oceania Regional Meeting for RAMSAR COP 11 - 26-30 March. Palau.

Pacific Islands Species Forum - 25-25 April. Honiara, Solomon Islands. Registration is still open. More

World Environment Day - 5 June

12th International Coral Reef Symposium - 9-13 July. Queensland,  Australia.

World Conservation Congress - 6-15 September. Jeju, Korea. More

International River Symposium - 8-11 October. Melbourne, Australia.



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