Juvenile lionfish in Tonga

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

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New grant for biodiversity hotspot

Montane Rainforest, Yus Conservation and Landscape, Papua New Guinea

IUCN Oceania has partnered with the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund to administer a new grant scheme for the East Melanesian Islands Hotspot. 


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New book: Fiji’s first mangroves and seagrass guide

Fiji's first field guide for mangroves and seagrass species.

The first ever field guide for Fiji’s mangroves and seagrasses was launched this month marking another breakthrough in the conservation of biodiversity in the country.


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Work on mangroves shared at regional science congress

Mangrove tagging in Tonga.

The 12th Pacific Science Inter Congress was held this month at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. The congress provided IUCN Oceania with an opportunity to share possible solutions to management of mangroves in Pacific Island Countries. 


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Mangrove dialogue

Partners of the Pacific Mangrove Initiative (PMI) met in Suva on 8 June and discussed activities undertaken by the MESCAL and MARSH projects, the main projects delivering on the initiative's goals. Talks included phase two of MESCAL, and potential synergies with the Mangroves for the Future initiative, implemented in Asia. The new logo for PMI was also revealed at the meeting; to be used to raise the profile of the initiative . Partners at this meeting included IUCN Oceania, SPREP, Pacific Centre for Environment -Sustainable Development and UNDP.



Travels in Tuvalu

It is a key principle in all our projects that decisions be made together with those who are affected. Two of our people visited Tuvalu this month for discussions on our Low Carbon Islands project, focussed on Tuvalu, Nauru and Niue and the Energy, Ecosystems and Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative in which we are looking at new projects for phase two. The team met with government officers, the energy utility, development bank, NGOs and community representatives. With further inputs from Suva-based partners, it is encouraging to see multiple projects being aligned to support Tuvalu’s priorities, in this case the goal of 100% renewably sourced electricity by 2020.



Green Growth Leadership Coalition meeting: 22-24 July

IUCN Oceania hosted Papua New Guinea’s venerable Dame Carol Kidu, Archbishop Halapua, Governor Gary Juffa of PNG, Kaliopate Tavola, Chair forof the Eminent Persons Group of the MSG, and other leaders from regional and international agencies, at the second meeting of the Green Growth Leadership Coalition. The three-day agenda centred on regional issues and challenges regarding green growth and sustainable development. The Coalition identified key areas for engagement particularly to increase investments in environment and social issues with the ongoing development agenda in the region.


Global to local

Mr. Diego Ruiz, Global Director of IUCN's Human Resources Management Group visited IUCN Oceania for the first time this month to fine-tune administration and human resources issues. For a growing regional office, visits from colleagues at IUCN's Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland are key to shaping and strengthening IUCN's work locally and globally. 

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Climate change adaptation in practice

James Dalton on natural infrastructure for urban areas, Wednesday 24 August "One thing that is noticeable in the Pacific is that adaptation is a way of life." - James Dalton, IUCN Water Programme.
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The Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices

ANEDO consists of nine independently constituted and managed community environmental law centres located in each State and Territory of Australia. Each EDO is dedicated to protecting the environment in the public interest. The Offices provides legal representation and advice, are actively involved in legal reform, and provide community education and outreach.
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9-11 September, 2013: The Islands and Isolated Communities Congress

Held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held jointly with the 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress. 
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2 - 6 December: Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

Held in Suva, Fiji. This conference is the premier event for nature conservation and protected areas work in the Pacific region, the outcomes of which will shape the direction of this work for the next 5 years.
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Photo credits: Banner: Juvenile fish in Tonga © Richard Wylie/Marinephotobank; Conserving biodiversity (t-b): Montane rainforest, PNG © Ryan Hawk; Fiji's first field guide for mangroves and seagrasses © IUCN; Mangrove tagging in Tonga © MESCAL Tonga; Blog: James Dalton © IUCN