Monthly update from the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in Suva, Fiji.

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Group discussions at the workshop in Honiara.

Safeguarding Honiara's water source

IUCN is helping to inspire communities who own the catchment area which supplies Honiara's water to preserve the ecosystem for themselves and their children.

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Mangrove project assesses progress

In the past three years IUCN has helped Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu address some key management challenges in mangrove conservation through the project Mangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods (MESCAL). In the past month the project has assessed its progress and mapped a way forward for its final year of implementation.


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Developing capacity for protected areas in the Pacific

Protected areas are important for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. BIOPAMA is a new regional project that focuses on improving protected areas management and promises to address capacity challenges and establish knowledge centers in the Pacific.


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Mitiaro, Southern Cook Islands.

Home of the Hawksbill

The Arnavon Islands, in the Solomon Islands, is one of the most successful and iconic conservation sites in Melanesia and the South Pacific. Learn

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

> The largest coastal park in New South Wales: Yuraygir National Park and   State Conservation Area (and Solitary Islands Marine Park and South West Solitary Island Nature Reserve) Australia. Learn


> A model for community conservation: Tavolo Wildlife Management Area,Papua New Guinea. Learn


The arid rangelands of the South Australian outback: The Witijira National Park. Learn

Alan Saunders

Alan Saunders is the new Regional Programme Coordinator and is based in Suva, Fiji.

Mark Borg, Strategic Partnership, Membership and Project Development Advisor.

Mark Borg is the new Strategic Partnership, Membership & Project Development Advisor and is based in Suva, Fiji.

Eric Verheij

Eric Verheij is the new Regional Project Manager for the MARSH (Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably-Managed Healthy Forests) Project. He is responsible for implementation of the project in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.


Connecting conservation, culture and climate change

Manuai Matawai building his canoe Manuai Matawai just returned from a 12 week canoe voyage between the islands of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands as part of efforts to preserve the culture and environment of his island home. He shares his experiences of the voyage.
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Marine Protected Area, fish and coral at Nha Trang Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the earth's surface and play a crucial role in tackling climate change. Why are they so important, what threats do they face and how can we protect them?
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Protecting Fiji's natural and cultural heritage

water The National Trust of Fiji has been fully committed to protecting Fiji's cultural and natural heritage since its humble beginnings in 1970. Two years after, it joined IUCN as a Member and is the only organization of its kind existing in the South Pacific. NTF currently protects 14 heritage sites within the Fiji islands.
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IUCN Oceania 2013-2016 Our new four year programme aims to halt biodiversity loss and apply nature-based solutions for nature and people.
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Photo credits: Banner © IUCN; Honiara © IUCN\Epeli Nakautoga; Mangroves in Tonga © MESCAL Tonga; BIOPAMA © Kelvin Passfield; Perspective ©James Hardcastle; Hawksbill turtle ©Gary Rinaldi; Why we need MPas ©IUCN; Mark Borg ©IUCN; Eric Verheij ©Eric Verheij Carla Vaucher; National Trust of Fiji © Pepe Clarke; Our Priorities ©IUCN