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Participants to the first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) in Tonga.

Ha'apai hosts the first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) in Tonga

The first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) was opened on Wednesday 14 October by the Governor of Ha’apai District, Mo’ale Finau. In his opening remarks, Governor Finau stressed that that the whole of Tonga need to embrace the SMA programme in order to preserve all marine life in our coastal areas not only for our immediate needs but most importantly for future generations. …  

14 Oct 2015 | News story

The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa departing Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney

A sea change: new global commitments to oceans and sustainability

As the UN, governments, NGOs and civil society organisations met at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York last month, the world seems to be waking up to recognise the critical roles that a healthy environment, and healthy oceans can play in addressing current challenges, including poverty, climate change, food and water security, and disaster risk reduction. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Participants of the Regional Technical Regional Technical bêche-de-mer (BdM) meeting in Nuku’alofa in October 2015.

Less planning, more action on – and regional approach to - Pacific Islands bêche-de-mer fisheries

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga was honoured to host the inaugural Regional Technical bêche-de-mer (BdM) meeting in Nuku’alofa in October 2015. With the experiences and many challenges faced in sustainably managing the bêche-de-mer fishery in Tonga and the region as a whole, the Honourable Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, Minister of Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries expressed his concern at the real problems behind the failure to sustainably manage this fishery. …  

06 Oct 2015 | Article

Guadalcanal Tree Frog

USP leads expedition in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

In September 2015, a team from The University of South Pacific's (USP) Institute of Applied Science (IAS) led a ground-breaking expedition to the interior of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands - one of CEPF's priority Key Biodiversity Areas - to document its unique and diverse flora and fauna. As the highest island in the Pacific, Guadalcanal’s mountainous interior is home to thousands of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Partners in discussion at the Mangoro Bung

Mangoro Bung (Tok Pisin for Mangrove meeting), Papua New Guinea

 On Tuesday 29th September, the United States Ambassador of America to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Walter E. North officially opened the Mangoro Bung successfully hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the USAID Mangroves Rehabilitation for the Sustainability of Healthy Forests (MARSH) and partners at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby. The Mangoro Bung was the final activity of the MARSH project. …  

29 Sep 2015 | News story

Our Forest Our Future, Acknowledging the Challenges, Seizing the Opportunities

From the 24 to 27th September, the first Forest Ministerial Talanoa, facilitated and supported by Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and IUCN Oceania Regional Office convened in Nadi, Fiji was attended by the Ministers of Forests from Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu with senior forest representatives from Papua New Guinea, Tonga and New Caledonia. …  

29 Sep 2015 | News story

Mapping community forest resources with villagers in Hue province

The power of persuasion - celebrating the new sustainable development agenda

As the conservation community celebrates the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the real work begins, says Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN. …  

26 Sep 2015 | Article

The Ambassador of the United States of America to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Walter E. North with participants at the official opening of the National Training Workshop of the Mangroves Carbon Accounting in Port Moresby.

National Training Workshop on Mangroves Carbon Accounting in Papua New Guinea (PNG)

 25 September 2015 | A national  training workshop in mangrove carbon accounting was conducted in Port Moresby from 21st-25th September 2015 by IUCN / USAID Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably-Managed Healthy Forests (MARSH) project, the Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD) and US Forest Service (USFS). The participants were trained on the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Programme (SWAMP) protocol for measuring and monitoring forest carbon in mangroves.  

25 Sep 2015 | News story

Brushed aluminium

IUCN receives award for its role in setting sustainable aluminium industry standard

IUCN has received a Gold Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for leading a multi-stakeholder process to launch the now independent Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s first Performance Standard.  

15 Sep 2015 | Article

Uluna-Sutahuri tribe creates regional partnership to carry out biological surveys within their customary lands

The Uluna-Sutahuri Tribe of Malango, Central Guadalcanal, has signed an historic agreement with the University of the South Pacific, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Solomon Islands Government to plan and implement the Bobosogo Biodiversity Surveys – a collaborative biological inventory of the unique plants and animals living within upland areas of Uluna-Sutahuri Customary Lands of Guadalcanal. …  

08 Sep 2015 | News story

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