IUCN Oceania mourns the passing of Mr Lionel Gibson, the first IUCN Regional Councillor for Oceania.
On behalf of Mr Taholo Kami, IUCN Regional Director for Oceania:
Today we say farewell to our dear friend and colleague Lionel Gibson and send our thoughts and condolences to his wife Fanny and children.
The IUCN family in Suva and globally extends our deepest condolences to Lionel’s family and we express our sincere thanks to Fanny and the children for your support to the great contribution Lionel has made to nature conservation by international and regional communities. He was instrumental in pioneering and launching the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in Fiji in 2007, and then served faithfully at the IUCN Council as our first regional Councillor for Oceania in 2008 and 2009, ensuring the voices of the Pacific are heard at international arenas.
Lionel, ni sa moce mada and may you rest in peace.
Mr Gibson passed away in Suva, Fiji, on 11 December 2014. In addition to his work on the IUCN Council, he had worked in the areas of research, teaching and practice of development for over two decades, and taught geography at the University of the South Pacific for 15 years, focusing on development geography and resource governance.