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Solomon Islands serious about green economy transition

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo is convinced that vital economic sectors in Solomon Islands should move towards a green economy approach. This was his reaction at the end of the three day high level Roundtable on Development, Society and Environment  which he hosted from 4 - 6 March. IUCN Oceania supported this Roundtable. Full story


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IUCN in mining dialogue

IUCN Oceania was part of a high level symposium on extractive industries, hosted by UNDP in Nadi, Fiji this month, and emphasized the need for governments and the mining sector to take extra-ordinary measures to rebalance the environment and social sectors and deliver long term sustainable development.


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Mangroves in PNG

New mangrove project launched in the Pacific

A new project to restore mangrove forests in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu was launched this month by USAID. IUCN Oceania is taking a lead role in the implementation of this five-year project.

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IUCN DDG at IUCN Oceania, Suva, Fiji.

IUCN's Deputy Director General visits Oceania

IUCN Oceania welcomed and facilitated a two week visit by Mr. Poul Engberg-Pedersen, IUCN's Deputy Director General, in March. IUCN's DDG visited Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea and attended several key discussions including the Solomon Islands Prime Minister's Roundtable on Development, Environment and Society, the MSG Environment and Climate Change Minister's meeting and the launch of the MARSH project in PNG.


Alan Saunders, Regional Programme Coordinator, IUCN Oceania

New Regional Programme Coordinator appointed

Mr. Alan Saunders has been appointed Regional Programme Coordinator for IUCN Oceania.


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Nuku Island, Vava'u Group

Energy loan to take shape for Tonga

This month IUCN Oceania signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tonga Development Bank to begin a project that seeks to build capacity for energy loans in the Kingdom.


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Addressing the mangrove challenge: Interview with Dr. Milika Sobey

Dr. Milika Sobey - Water & Wetlands Programme Coordinator, IIUCN Oceania

Mangrove management in the Pacific has its unique challenges. Dr. Milika Sobey talks about these challenges and how IUCN's MESCAL project is helping to provide solutions.


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Momentum rolls on with Fiji's national biodiversity plan


In the past few months IUCN has been supporting the Fiji Government, an IUCN State Member, to review its existing NBSAP Implementation Framework (2010 - 2014).

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Third office building acquired

IUCN Oceania office building 3.

IUCN Oceania opened the doors to its new office building this month to coincide with the visit of IUCN's Deputy Director General. The building is located at 12 Denison Road in Suva, Fiji.


New appointment

Dolli Sangeeta Kumar, IUCN Oceania

Ms Dolli Sangeeta Kumar is our new Finance Assistant. Ms Kumar is Fijian and is currently pursuing a Bacherlor Degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of the South Pacific. 



New intern

Mailys Cartlamy, intern IUCN Oceania

Ms Mailys Cartlamy joins us this month as a Legal-Intern under our Environmental Law Programme. Ms Cartlamy is French and is pursuing a Masters degree in International Environmental Law.


Honiara's water source

The catchment area has an intact forest and surrounding watershed system. Learn about the Kovi/Kongulai Catchment and how IUCN is helping to safeguard it.

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Building a future for humans and nature

WWF is renowned for its feats in species conservation. WWF NZ has been an IUCN Member since 1981 and we are proud to work alongside them in the pursuit for 'a just world that values and conserves nature'. Learn about WWF NZ's work in climate change, species conservation and more. 


12-13 June: Marine Symposium

Held in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Committee for IUCN is planning this event. Contact for more information.


2 - 6 December: Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

Held in Suva, Fiji. Registration is now open. More information


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