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The newly discovered plant

Most Pacific species still unknown

The Pacific is blessed with amazing ecosystems and species diversity, but scientists say that there is still not enough known about species from this region to adequately inform conservation efforts for them.  …  

27 Apr 2012 | News story

Invasive predator snail (Euglandina rosea) feeding on an endemic snail species in French Polynesia

Another kind of threat for island biodiversity

Invasive alien species (IAS) are a global concern as they threaten biodiversity, health, food security, tourism and trade. Island ecosystems are most vulnerable to the impacts of IAS. Scientists say that 50%-67% of extinctions of terrestrial species on islands have been caused by the impacts of IAS.  …  

27 Apr 2012 | News story

Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon. Gordon Lilo addresses the forum.

“To conserve, we must appreciate”, says Prime Minister Lilo

Today marks the opening of the Pacific Islands Species Forum, the first regional forum to bring together local, regional and international scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and conservation experts to deliberate the challenges facing the rich biodiversity of the Pacific Islands. …  

25 Apr 2012 | News story

Posa Skelton of SPREP is an expert on invasive species in the Pacific.

Sharing lessons at roundtable

Conservation project-related lessons was the highlight of the latest meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT), held in Honiara, Solomon Islands on April 23 – 24. …  

24 Apr 2012 | Event

Christine Milne, IUCN Vice-President

Former IUCN Vice-President becomes leader of Australian Green Party

IUCN welcomes the election of Christine Milne as leader of the Greens, one of the most popular political parties in Australia. …  

16 Apr 2012 | News story

Navua River, Viti Levu, Fiji

Nature's beauty - worth protecting

In the second week of April, as part of its planning activities and to help staff understand the conservation efforts that IUCN supports, the Oceania Regional Office organized a field trip to the Upper Navua Conservation Area (UNCA). UNCA is Fiji's only listed Ramsar Site and the only conservation area in the country managed by a private enterprise. IUCN Oceania commends the efforts by Rivers Fiji - in preserving this special nature reserve and promoting eco-tourism that benefits all players including the local communities. …  

13 Apr 2012 | Event
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Tuna longliners at Rarontonga, Cook Islands

Green growth opportunities can help rebuild Tonga's economy

Latest statistics show alarming declines in Tonga’s economy. In light of this, the National Reserve Bank of Tonga organized the First Economic Dialogue on March 6-8 to highlight the status of Tonga's economy and the challenges at hand and to generate discussions on possible solutions for economic growth and improved livelihoods. …  

09 Apr 2012 | Event

Nacula, Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Melanesian leaders make serious commitment for nature and climate change

IUCN applauds the recent Declaration by Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders to move forward with more serious steps on environment and climate change issues. The Declaration on Environment and Climate Change, signed by the Prime Ministers of Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak Socialiste (FLNKS), is a result of discussions at the first Climate Change and Environment MSG meeting held in January in Nadi, Fiji.   …  

02 Apr 2012 | Event

People fishing Pacific islands

Melanesian countries can lead processes for sustainable fisheries, says Nature Roundtable

 Melanesia is in a good position to influence national and regional processes for sustainable fisheries and responsible oceans governance says the Offshore Fisheries Working Group of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation, in a presentation last week to Prime Ministers, Ministers and senior government officials attending the weeklong Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit in Suva, Fiji. …  

02 Apr 2012 | News story

The SULi Specialist Group is a joint initiative of CEESP and SSC: at the recent SSC Chairs’ meeting in Abu Dhabi, CEESP Chair Aroha Mead, SULi Chair Rosie Cooney, and SSC Chair Simon Stuart embrace the new collaboration. Photo: Monika Bohm.

Introducing SULi: the new CEESP-SSC Specialist Group on Sustainable Use and Livelihoods

In recent months a new collaboration between the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and the Species Survival Commission has been taking shape. The Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, or SULi, is a cross-Commissional Specialist Group focused on the sustainable use of wild living resources. …  

30 Mar 2012 | Article

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