Mr Taholo Kami, IUCN Oceania Regional Director and Dr Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General,.

Working together: IUCN signs MOU with Secretariat of the Pacific Community

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to work together to more efficiently address issues relating to conservation and development in the Pacific region.  …  

18 Jun 2013 | News story

Students of Motufoua Secondary School, Tuvalu.

New project in Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu to motivate locals' engagement in energy market

The recent launch of the Low Carbon Islands project, by IUCN, the United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Environment Facility, will encourage households in the Pacific islands of Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu to be active participants in the energy market.   …  

14 Jun 2013 | News story

Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Victorin Lurel, Minister of Overseas France, Pascal Canfin, Deputy Minister for Development and Anne Paugam, CEO of the French Development Agency sign a new agreement with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), represented by its Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre.

France and IUCN intensify their efforts to protect global biodiversity

Yesterday IUCN signed a new partnership agreement with France, which aims to support the Union's global biodiversity conservation work, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, oceans and global governance of natural resources. …   | French

13 Jun 2013 | News story

New Caledonian reefs

Carole Martinez speaks up for Europe Overseas

Listen to Carole Martinez, Project coordinator for IUCN’s Europe Overseas Programme, talk about the challenges faced by Europe’s overseas entities on French radio station Rédaction Radio. Recorded at  the European Parliament in May, Carole makes the case for a dedicated European funding mechanism to support conservation work in European overseas entities. …  

11 Jun 2013 | Article
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Participants at the meeting on islands's challenges at the European Parliament

IUCN highlights islands’ challenges at the European Parliament

Speaking at an event in the European Parliament, both IUCN and the Global Island Partnership have highlighted the key sustainable development challenges faced by Europe’s overseas entities as well the potential of islands across the globe to help achieve both EU and international environmental targets.  …  

10 Jun 2013 | Article
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Turtle release

New funds for Europe overseas’ BEST!

The Director General of IUCN and the Director of the French Aid Agency (AFD) signed a financial agreement of 800,000 Euros last December. The grant aims at supporting the BEST initiative for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories, as well as IUCN’s work on the establishment of a dedicate tool for Europe overseas’ biodiversity.  …  

22 Feb 2013 | News story
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Lifou Island

Building a vision for Pacific Islands

The Pacific Oceanscape, proposed in 2009 by the Hon. Anote Tong, Prime Minister of Kiribati, and endorsed by Pacific Island leaders in 2010, fosters cooperation on ocean conservation. It provides a strong vision for conservation and sustainable management of the Pacific’s wealth of marine resources.   …  

10 Dec 2012 | Article
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Carole Martinez

INTERVIEW: IUCN’s efforts to protect Europe overseas

Carole Martinez joined IUCN Europe in October 2012 after working previously on protected areas and ecosystem management issues with IUCN's National Committee in France and on regional cooperation challenges at the French Marine Protected Areas Agency. Carole is Coordinator of the IUCN EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) Programme. …  

10 Dec 2012 | Article


Marine biodiversity conservation in Europe overseas

Many of the 30+ overseas territories of the European Union are islands and much of their biodiversity occurs in the seas and the oceans surrounding them. A recent workshop under the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” organized jointly with IUCN addressed the challenges of Europe overseas in protecting their marine biodiversity.   …  

10 Dec 2012 | News story
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Ceremony after the approval of the listing of the 16 PAs : Delegations of the Netherlands (left) and France (right) receiving their diplomas from the SPAW Secretariat coordinator

Good news from the Caribbean

Nine protected areas in the European overseas territories in the Caribbean have been listed since 2010 under the SPAW (Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife) Protocol of the Cartegena Convention. The SPAW Protocol is the only legally-binding international agreement on biodiversity in the Wider Caribbean, and a key mechanism for strengthening cooperation and increasing consideration of ecological connectivity within the Wider Caribbean. …  

04 Dec 2012 | Article
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