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Call for Island Bright Spot recommendations

Ahead of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IUCN and the Global Island Partnership are calling for Island Bright Spot recommendations - projects, programs, policies or initiatives at any level that are making a difference in advancing conservation and sustainable livelihoods for islands across the world. 

10 Jul 2013 | Article
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The Deputy Premier Dr. Pickering (centre) is flanked by François Simard of IUCN and Jacques Trouvilliez of the Ministère de l'écologie

BVI Deputy Premier commits to Protected Areas

At an event in the European Parliament that was hosted by MEP Maurice Ponga and jointly organised by IUCN and EBCD, the Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands has reaffirmed the island’s commitment to implementing protected areas and their goal to protect 33% of the marine, coastal and terrestrial environment of the territory. 

06 Jul 2013 | Article
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Cultural mapping and policy for Wallis and Futuna underway

Wallis and Futuna, the two islands that together form a single country in the heart of the Pacific, have begun a process of cultural mapping to work towards developing a cultural policy in which agricultural and environmental traditional knowledge and conservation will play a central role. …  

02 Jul 2013 | Article
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 Photograph of some of the participants at the workshop

Saint Martin addresses sustainable tourism

How does an island with 100 000 inhabitants welcome 2 million tourists a year without damaging its biodiversity? This was the key question that the island of Saint Martin looked to address during a recent three day workshop on sustainable tourism and MPAs.   …  

21 Jun 2013 | Article
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Manta ray, Mayotte

Mayotte: yet to be recognized exceptional biodiversity

The French overseas department of Mayotte is located in the biogeographical area of the Comoros Archipelago, at the heart of the Mozambique Channel and close to Madagascar. Mayotte hosts a variety of land and marine tropical ecosystems which are of major ecological value, despite significant landscape changes due to the exploitation of first sugar cane and later rice. Read more about Mayotte in the new Country Focus. …  

20 Jun 2013 | News story
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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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