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Participants of the third Pacific Green Growth Leaders' Coalition, 2015

A Pacific time, in a Pacific place with Pacific people - Pacific Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition

The inspiring atmosphere created around the Pacific Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition has definitely left its mark on the 18 Pacific Leaders gathered from the 5th to the 9th of May at Yatule Resort in Natadola, Fiji. This Fono* was a remarkable opportunity for leaders from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia to discuss common challenges to sustainable development and seek collective advice and counsel on the proposed strategies to promote Green Growth. …  

25 May 2015 | News story

Biodiversity is the cornerstone of our existence

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

Every year on May 22, people around the world celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, a day aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. From habitat loss and overexploitation to illegal wildlife trade and climate change, a whole host of very real and damaging threats is facing the planet’s incredible biodiversity. Combatting these issues lies at the core of IUCN’s work and feeds into the organisation’s mission of ‘a just world that values and conserves nature’. …  

22 May 2015 | Article

Uto Ni Yalo crew member Filomena Serenia steering the vaka

A Pacific call for climate action - reflecting on the Mua voyage six months on

Exactly six months ago, four traditional voyaging canoes, otherwise known as vaka, arrived at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) in Sydney to deliver the Pacific call for global action on climate change and oceans. This journey was the Mua voyage and involved vaka Gaualofa (Samoa and Tonga), Marumaru Atua (Cook Islands), Haunui (Aotearoa) and Uto Ni Yalo (Fiji) travelling from their homelands to the WPC in Australia.   …  

15 May 2015 | Article

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

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