Oceanía

White capped Albatross, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Getting seabirds off the hook

The Hawaiian longline tuna fishery has managed to reduce seabird bycatch by 67% since 2001 by making alterations to their fishing gear and methods, a new scientific study shows.  A combination of new bait technologies and fishing techniques have dramatically reduced seabird bycatch.  More birdlife could be saved, however, if the rules were applied in a larger area and fishing effort reduced in certain seasons.   …  

03 Nov 2008 | News story

Marovo Lagoon - Stuart Chape

Pacific Film Festival Targets Climate Change

Suva – 17 September - The first ever Pacific Climate Change Film Festival is set to commence in Suva with an official launch on Monday 22 September followed by a two-day extravaganza of 17 films made by film-makers from 10 Pacific island nations. The Festival is the culmination of the Pacific Climate Change Film Project during which film-makers from a number of Pacific islands received training and guidance on developing films focused on climate change. …  

19 Sep 2008 | News story

Chris Margules of Conservation International signs the Roundtable Charter witnessed by Taholo Kami.

Conservation NGOs Agree on New Way of Working

The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation reached a turning point in its history in June 2008, with eight organisations signing a Membership Charter that commits them to improve how each of the members will work in Pacific island countries. Signing the Charter formalises membership on the Roundtable and commits organisations to becoming more transparent and accountable in implementing the newly drafted Regional Action Strategy for Nature Conservation, 2008-2012. …  

11 Aug 2008 | News story

Coconut palms could be an important small scale source of biofuel in Pacific Islands

Energy Programme Takes Off At Oceania Office

Six Pacific Island nations have joined IUCN’s Energy Programme in Oceania to develop innovative projects aimed at enhancing livelihoods through the provision of sustainable and efficient energy services. Along with practical projects, the programme, Managing the Ecosystem & Livelihood Implications of Energy Policies in the Pacific Island States, will look at strengthening policy and regulatory measures to promote energy systems that are ecologically efficient and socially equitable. …  

11 Aug 2008 | News story

House on stilts - Kiribati

Movie Night Highlights Environmental Issues

IUCN and the Alliance Française du Suva played their part in celebrating Fiji’s National Environment Week by hosting an environmental film festival during the first week of June this year.
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11 Aug 2008 | News story

People fishing Pacific islands

IUCN Supports First Climate Change Film Festival

The Oceania Regional Office for IUCN has joined hands with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to help coordinate the first Pacific Climate Change Festival in Suva, Fiji during the week of 22 September. …  

11 Aug 2008 | News story

The Fijian Crested Iguana on Yadua Taba Island, Fiji

Website to Boost Endangered Species Conservation

Fiji’s first website dedicated to documenting the country’s endangered species was launched in Suva on 25 April and is expected to help boost awareness in the country on its flora and fauna.    …  

11 Aug 2008 | News story

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

New World Heritage Sites for the Pacific

Twenty-seven new sites have recently been added to the internationally recognised World Heritage List, including three sites in the Pacific: Chief Roi Mata's Domain (Vanuatu), the Kuk Early Agricultural Site (Papua New Guinea) and the Lagoons of New Caledonia (France). …  

08 Jul 2008 | News story

Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji

National Stakeholder Meeting on Protected Areas in Fiji

On 12 June, the IUCN Regional Office for Oceania hosted a national stakeholder meeting on protected areas for Fiji. …  

12 Jun 2008 | News story

Cloud Forest, Des Voeux Peak, Taveuni, Fiji

New Environmental Law Associations for the Pacific

The IUCN Regional Office for Oceania has secured seed funding for the establishment of national environmental law associations in Fiji and the Solomon Islands. …  

10 Jun 2008 | News story

Oceania Regional Office