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The evaluation team at the Oceania Regional Office in Suva, Fiji.

Data evaluation begins for Pacific Islands reptiles, land snails and freshwater fishes

As part of the ongoing process to improve and strengthen our knowledge of Pacific Island species, a group of 12 local, regional and international scientists came together on 12 - 16 September to attend an IUCN Red List evaluation workshop at the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in Suva, Fiji. …  

26 Sep 2011 | Article

Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.

Whales & dolphins need more protected areas

A new book, Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is released, calling for accelerated efforts to conserve marine mammals by protecting a greater area of the ocean. Currently only 1.3% of the ocean is protected but many new Marine Protected Areas are being created. Erich Hoyt, the book’s author and IUCN’s cetacean specialist, examines current and future developments in ocean protection. …  

05 Sep 2011 | Media advisory

Murphy's petrels

Removing rats, restoring islands

A unique international project partnership involving IUCN Member organizations, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, The Nature Conservancy and the US Fish & Wildlife Service is helping to restore a series of islands and seabird habitats in the Pacific by removing alien invasive rats which have wreaked havoc on native biodiversity. …  

10 Aug 2011 | News story

Randy Thaman explains a point during discussions.

Pacific Islands green economic future must challenge global economic models

Pacific Island nations cannot move to a new economic development paradigm alone, the structure of the global economy as a whole must change and move to an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable basis. This is the message the Roundtable for Nature Conservation of the Pacific Islands want Pacific Leaders to take to Rio+20 in 2012. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story

Broadgilled Hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus

Depletion of the body snatchers: bad news for marine environment

A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has determined that 20% of hagfish species are at an elevated risk of extinction*. Scientists warn that this figure could be much higher. …  

28 Jul 2011 | International news release

Colonel Samuela Saumatua in his opening address.

Economy must go green to ensure sustainability: says Environment Minister

In opening the 14th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRNC) today in Lami, Fiji, Colonel Samuela Saumatua the Minister for Urban Development, Housing, Local Government and Environment of Fiji emphasized the need for Pacific economies to go green if the region is to ensure its economic viability. …  

26 Jul 2011 | News story

The green economy: Environmentalists discuss its value

 Discussions on the Pacific region’s conservation approach in the global “green economy” debate will be high on the agenda this week as the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRNC) convenes its 14th annual meeting in Suva. …  

25 Jul 2011 | News story

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Top scientists rally together in fight against invasive species

A flurry of articles in influential scientific journals in recent months has questioned the urgency to address the growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species. The assertion is that the concern with invasive species derives from an unreasonable desire to maintain pristine ecosystems and exclude all alien species. Such criticism is, in fact, unfounded. …  

22 Jul 2011 | News story

Future Directions for Biodiversity Action in Europe Overseas: Outcomes of the review of the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, December 2010

Future directions for biodiversity action in Europe overseas : outcomes of the Review of the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, December 2010

Future directions for biodiversity action in Europe overseas : outcomes of the Review of the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, December 2010 …  

13 Jul 2011 | Downloads - publication

Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Increased protection urgently needed for tunas

For the first time, all species of scombrids (tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels) and billfishes (swordfish and marlins) have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 61 known species, seven are classified in a threatened category, being at serious risk of extinction. Four species are listed as Near Threatened and nearly two-thirds have been placed in the Least Concern category. …   | French | Spanish

07 Jul 2011 | International news release