A regular update of IUCN news in the Oceania Region: October - December 2011


Dear friends and partners in conservation,

As another year comes to a close, the Oceania Regional Office would like to thank you for your support and investment in achieving our vision of a just world that values and conserves nature. The team at ORO wish you all the best in 2012.

Please note, ORO will be closed for business from December 23 and re-opens on January 4, 2012.

Families were also part of the gathering.

NGO’s get together for stronger partnership

In the spirit of partnership and the Christmas season, twelve environment organizations gathered at Ma’afu Street in Suva, Fiji on December 22 to mark the end of another successful year.

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Science and economics: next steps for mangrove plans

In the effort to improve sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji, IUCN’s MESCAL project will undertake a scientific and economic analysis of this natural system in the next year.

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Locals in Kadavu watch a demonstration of potting soil bags as part of the training on native forest restoration.

Water wins in Oceania

One year ago, WANI set out to improve how local and urban communities manage their water resources using the ‘ridge-to-reef’ approach. The project has ended on a high note with wins for both people and nature.

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Srikanth Subbarao explains CDM procedures

Countries trained on carbon-credit process

The Pacific has seen three workshops in the year for Clean Development Mechanism. UNEP and IUCN continue to assist island countries to gain better access to the carbon credit scheme.  

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Working together to support development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

The Governments of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific are waking up to the recognition that the management and restoration of ecosystems is an effective way of providing natural solutions to the development pressures of our time. This and more were core discussions of Regional Directors of IUCN from Eastern and Southern Africa, the Pacific and Europe who were part of a delegation on a three day visit to Brussels.  

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Pacific charts course for conservation of nature

With the impacts of climate change threatening the future diversity of many islands, Pacific Island Countries have committed to reviewing and updating their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) as part of their obligations to the Convention on Biological Diversity and their desire to safeguard their island homes. 

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Officer

Mr Nawaia Matia joined the Regional Office on September 30 as its ICT Officer. Nawaia is from Fiji and has maternal links to Tuvalu and Kiribati. He is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Information Systems.

Nawaia Matia.

Temporary Executive Officer to the Regional Director

 We also welcomed Ms Fipe Tuitubou in October, who will be with us for the next three months as the Temporary Executive Officer to the Regional Director. Fipe has worked with several non-government organizations in the region in the area of public administration. She worked as a Temporary Secretary Clerk for the European Union prior to joining IUCN. Fipe is also pursuing a Degree in Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific.

Fipe Tuitubou

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Economics and environment management: lessons from the Pacific

This is a collection of peer reviewed technical papers that highlight practicalities and challenges of undertaking resource and environmental economic analysis in the Pacific, and its role in making informed decisions in the region. 

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Marine Environmental Governance: From International Law to Local Practice

The first half of the book explores the international law and conservation literature which supports community-based marine governance and the recognition of customary law. The second half includes case studies (focusing on Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa but also including examples from other Pacific SIDS) where law has (or in some cases has not) supported community-based marine governance.

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Pacific Island Species Forum.

 25 – 27 April, 2012 in Honiara, Solomon Islands.  More information contact helen.pippard@iucn.org


IUCN World Conservation Congress

6 – 15 September, 2012 in Jeju, Korea. 
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