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

Species from the Pacific added to IUCN Red List

New information for Pacific Island freshwater fishes, land snails and reptiles was part of the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released on October 18 by IUCN. The data indicates that 32% of these species are threatened with extinction.


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Fiji Crested Iguana - Yadua Taba, Fiji.
An island of Europe overseas in the Western Indian Ocean

BIOPAMA moved forward at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) is an initiative that helps, in some key regions of the world including the Pacific, to enhance capacity building to promote more effective management of protected areas and more participation of local communities. The programme was officially launched and attracted international attention, through two high level events at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea.


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Map of the Caribbean

Ocean acidity - new Google Earth tour

A new guide on ocean acidification and a new tour on Google Earth, showing the speed and scale of impact CO2 emissions will have on the ocean, was launched on October 1 at The Ocean in a High CO2 World Symposium in Monterey, California. The new guide provides the latest science and identifies the actions needed by governments to prevent the dangerous spread of ocean acidification.


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IUCN welcomes doubling of aid for biodiversity

IUCN Oceania has welcomed a UN conference's decision to double aid for biodiversity to poor nations. Under the deal, governments pledged to increase funding for the biodiversity conversation plans of developing countries by 2015, from a baseline of average annual aid between 2006 to 2010.

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The Indo-Pacific tree gecko, Hemiphyllodactylus typus

Displaced native gecko sighted

After a very long time, the Indo-Pacific tree gecko, Hemiphyllodactylus typus, was spotted by a biodiversity survey team in Rewa Delta, Fiji. According to Nunia Thomas, of Nature Fiji-Mareqeti Viti, this was her first encounter with this species in her 10 years of herpetofauna research in Fiji.


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Villages like Nadoi in the Rewa Delta are only accessible by boat as there is no access by road.

Linking livelihoods, climate and effective management

Effective management of mangrove and associated ecosystems lies at the heart of IUCN's mangrove project - MESCAL. In order to understand the links between livelihoods and climate and assess the project's impacts on livelihood resources project coordinators learned to use the pilot version of the latest CRiSTAL toolkit. 


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Life goes on: Fijian village adapts to a changing climate

It's not easy, but life goes on for Fijian villagers who are having to cope with climate change impacts.

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Mangrove crustaceans are either eaten or sold at the local market.

Enduring the winds, waves and the crocodiles - all in a day's work in the Solomon Islands

Field work is hard work. And sometimes life threatening. Here is an experience from the Solomon Islands.

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The team departing Eliote Village for surveys, Solomon Islands

Knee-deep in mud

MESCAL Technical Officer, Viliame Waqalevu was part of the team that conducted a fish and mangrove survey of Crab Bay in Vanuatu. Read about his experience.


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Viliame stuck in mud during the survey.

Welcome Mr Fe'iloakitau Kaho Tevi

Fei Tevi, IUCN Oceania

Mr. Tevi officially joined us in July as Coordinator for the Leadership, Green Growth and Sustainability Project. He is Tongan and a familiar face in the region with a wealth of experience in development, environmental and social issues. He once held the position of General Secretary with the Pacific Conference of Churches. 


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Welcome Onassis Dame

Onassis Dame, IUCN Oceania

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Dame who joins us as the Leadership, Green Growth and Sustainability  Programme Researcher/ Assistant. He is from the island of Nauru and had spent 18 months as a Young Professional at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat before joining IUCN. 


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IUCN in Oceania: Annual Report 2011

IUCN ORO Annual Report 2011 2011 was IUCN's fifth year in Oceania. From just three staff to 22, the office has made remarkable changes and is now involved in key regional issues and networks.

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