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Lionfish swimming around the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australia creates world’s largest network of marine reserves

In November 2012 the Australian Government announced the creation of the world’s largest network of marine reserves. The government proclaimed 44 marine reserves a network, covering 2.3 million square kilometres, a full third of Australia’s ocean territory. The reserves are home to 45 of the world’s 78 whale and dolphin species, six of the seven known species of marine turtle, and 4,000 fish species. The government received support from over 500,000 Australians, who commented positively on the creation of the network. …  

13 Dec 2012 | News story

Lifou Island

Building a vision for Pacific Islands

The Pacific Oceanscape, proposed in 2009 by the Hon. Anote Tong, Prime Minister of Kiribati, and endorsed by Pacific Island leaders in 2010, fosters cooperation on ocean conservation. It provides a strong vision for conservation and sustainable management of the Pacific’s wealth of marine resources.   …  

10 Dec 2012 | Article
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Mitiaro, Southern Cook Islands

IUCN supports Cook Islands to create the world’s largest marine park

Gland, Switzerland, 15 November 2012 – IUCN has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of the Cook Islands to support the establishment of the world’s largest marine protected area – the Cook Islands Marine Park. …  

15 Nov 2012 | News story

Sargassum habitat

The Convention on Biological Diversity brings focus to the remote ocean

Last week the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India (8-19 October) took an important step for the global ocean commons, the largest habitat for life on Earth. The 193 Parties to the Convention agreed to send key scientific information to the United Nations describing specific places of “ecological or biological significance” in the open ocean and deep sea, including the high seas and seabed Area beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Oct 2012 | Article

The Fijian Crested Iguana on Yadua Taba Island, Fiji

Species from the Pacific added to IUCN Red List

New information for Pacific Island freshwater fishes, land snails and reptiles is part of the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). These data indicate that 32% of these species are threatened with extinction.   …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story
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Wreck Reef in the Coral Sea

Australia’s giant leap forward in ocean protection

The announcement of the world’s largest system of marine parks to circle Australia represents a turning point in the protection of the ocean. …  

11 Oct 2012 | Article

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.  …  

05 Oct 2012 | Article

Palau - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

The future of World Heritage a major issue at Congress

Discussions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju Korea included an extremely vibrant debate on World Heritage, with no less than eighteen different events.  …  

25 Sep 2012 | Article
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Professor Thaman delivers his speech after receiving his award.

IUCN honours Professor Randolph Thaman

In recognition of his outstanding services to the conservation of nature and natural resources, Professor Randolph Robert Thaman of the University of the South Pacific was awarded an Honorary Membership of IUCN Award by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea. …  

24 Sep 2012 | News story
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Robin Yarrow, IUCN Regional Councillor

Thank you IUCN Oceania

Outgoing IUCN Regional Councillor, Robin Yarrow, expresses his appreciation to the IUCN Oceania Regional Office team for their work in the region and for their support at the Congress in Jeju, Korea. …  

18 Sep 2012 | Article
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