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

 
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SMALL STEPS FORWARD
 

Working together: IUCN signs MOU with SPC

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

This month IUCN Oceania and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to more efficiently address issues relating to conservation and development in the Pacific region.

 

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IUCN helps bank gear up for eco-friendly loans

Installation of solar systems in Tonga.

Over the next seven months, IUCN Oceania will run a training programme to enable the Tonga Development Bank to issue loans for solar systems to small businesses. This is a crucial step in setting up the first eco-friendly loan for the Kingdom.

 

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Solomon Islands revises energy policy

Women in Nahu, Solomon Islands with their solar systems. The village of Nahu is only accessible by sea transportation taking about 7 hours to reach from Honiara, the capital city.

The Solomon Islands government, a State Member of IUCN, is currently reviewing its National Energy Policy. As part of this process, a National Energy Forum was convened from 19 - 20 June. IUCN Oceania was amongst various stakeholders from the region that attended this forum.

 

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TALKS: IN BRIEF
 

Vanuatu national planning

Moana Carcasses Kalosil, Prime Minister of Vanuatu @ 2nd APWS

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Honorable Moana Carcasses Kalosil and the new Government have invited IUCN Oceania to help them develop a new 10 year Development plan that proposes to use the Alternative Indicators of Well Being and other green growth indicators to measure performance. The new development plan will also address subsistence living as an outcome that is appropriate to a large proportion of the Vanuatu population and also highlights the role of nature and culture in a wholistic approach to building a nation.

 

 

Melanesia Spearhead Group meeting

Girls performing a traditional Fijian Meke

IUCN Oceania attended the MSG leaders meeting from 17-22 June. Three Prime Ministers and a Deputy Prime Minister represented the four Pacific countries at a meeting chaired by the Front de Liberation National Kanak Socialiste of New Caledonia. The MSG has endorsed an MOU with IUCN Oceania, to be signed in Fiji in July, highlighting our partnership with the MSG Secretariat including supporting the MSG environment and climate change ministerial meetings.

 

Preparations for Pacific conservation conference

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Logo

Preparations for the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in December continue with SPREP and the Fiji government. As Chair of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation, IUCN Oceania is a critical partner in the planning process. We expect some 600 participants from across the region to participate in celebrating conservation and setting the next five-year strategy.

 

 
WORLD HERITAGE
 

East Rennell declared World Heritage in danger

Tegano Lake, East Rennell, Salomon Island East Rennell in the Solomon Islands has been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN, the official World Heritage advisory body on nature.

 
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Action needed for Great Barrier Reef

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia At the 37th World Heritage Committee this month, IUCN recommended that urgent action be taken to tackle major threats to natural sites such as the Great Barrier Reef or it could be on the 'danger' list come 2014.

 
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MEMBER HIGHLIGHT
 

Regional university key player in conservation

Taholo Kami, Oceania Regional Director, with USP Vice Chancellor, Prof Rajesh Chandra One of two regional universities in the world, The University of the South Pacific, is supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries and is the region's leader in research, teaching and training. USP has been an IUCN Member since 1990 and has worked closely with IUCN on a number of initiatives across the region.

 
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COMING UP
 

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: IUCN Photo Library © Giles Winstanley; Small steps forward (t-b): © SPC, © Tonga Energy Unit, © IUCN; World Heritage (t-b) © IUCN\Paul Dingwall, © Paul Marshall; Talks: In brief (t-b): © IISD, © Helen Pippard, © SPREP, Member highlight:  © USP\Sheryl Ho.