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


IUCN urges careful planning with renewables

Anare Matakiviti, IUCN Oceania

IUCN Oceania was part of the SIDS DOCK Pacific meeting held in Nadi, Fiji this month and urged participants not to overlook the impacts of renewable energy on nature. 


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New energy project for Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu

Students of Motufoua Secondary School, Tuvalu.

IUCN Oceania, together with UNEP and GEF, launched a new project this month. The Low Carbon Islands project  will encourage households in Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu to be active participants in the energy market.


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Solar power for Tongan Islands

Children of Lofanga Island, Tonga

The people of Lofanga Island in Tonga are benefitting financially, socially as well as environmentally through IUCN Oceania's solar power project. 


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Blog: The bicycle is a catalyst for nature conservation

Students bicycle to support the environment on World Wetlands Day in Hanoi.

Fast, efficient and individualistic, the bicycle is no ordinary mode of transport. It’s a church, a gym, a community creator, a cash printer, a protest placard, a dopamine generator, a mechanical expression of self-determination, an icon of hope. It is touchable, attainable freedom.


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IUCN Regional Directors meet in Fiji

Joseph Nianogo, Regional Director of IUCN Central and West Africa Reginal Office and Ali Kaka, Regional Director of IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office

The annual IUCN Regional Director’s meeting was held in Fiji this month. It was the first time for the heads of IUCN’s regional offices to visit the IUCN Oceania Office and got a first-hand perspective of the challenges and uniqueness of the large “oceanic continent”. A programme involving time with the IUCN Oceania team, discussions on IUCN’s regional and global programmes and the development of some cross regional initiatives proved to be a useful time for all.



Talking protected areas

Nick Cox

Nick Cox, the new Project Manager for BIOPAMA, also visited IUCN Oceania and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (Samoa) this month to discuss activities of BIOPAMA in the Pacific. BIOPAMA focusses on developing capacity for protected areas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. 


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Sangeeta Mangubhai, IUCN Oceania.

Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai joins us this month as our new Senior Marine Programme Officer and also the Project Manager for the Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Management in Pacific Island Countries and Atolls project. Dr Mangubhai has 15 years of environmental management and science experience from Indonesia, the South Pacific, East Africa and Australia. She has worked previously for the Australian government, WWF South Pacific, and CORDIO East Africa. Prior to joining IUCN, she worked for The Nature Conservancy in West Papua for six years. 


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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. The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement.

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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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IUCN in Oceania 2012

IUCN in Oceania 2012 Our 2012 annual report is now available for download.

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ACIUCN website goes live

ACIUCN logo The website for the Australia Committee for IUCN was launched this month. Simple and user-friendly the site aims to promote membership of IUCN and keep Australia Members and others informed of events and publications.   

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Cook Island's first NGO making big impacts

Taporopora No Apopo, an education for sustainable event held on Rarotonga by the Cook Islands Ministry of Education in 2010 Running for 17 years and an IUCN Member since 2011, Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) is achieving big successes in combating environmental issues in the Cook Islands. TIS is a membership-based NGO made up of like-minded individuals who believe in the need to maintain a healthy environment, including Ms Ana Tiraa, an IUCN Regional Councillor. Core focus areas for TIS are biodiversity, waste, ecologically sustainable development and youth.

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Rat Eradication in Suwarrow, Cook Islands

New tool assists in identification of parasitoid wasps in NZ

Auckland Zoo boosts survival chances of endangered lizards

Reversing environmental decline in rural rivers and landscapes

Collaboration and commitment needed for more sustainable palm oil


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