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Partners in discussion at the Mangoro Bung

Mangoro Bung (Tok Pisin for Mangrove meeting), Papua New Guinea

 On Tuesday 29th September, the United States Ambassador of America to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Walter E. North officially opened the Mangoro Bung successfully hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the USAID Mangroves Rehabilitation for the Sustainability of Healthy Forests (MARSH) and partners at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby. The Mangoro Bung was the final activity of the MARSH project. …  

29 Sep 2015 | News story

Our Forest Our Future, Acknowledging the Challenges, Seizing the Opportunities

From the 24 to 27th September, the first Forest Ministerial Talanoa, facilitated and supported by Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and IUCN Oceania Regional Office convened in Nadi, Fiji was attended by the Ministers of Forests from Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu with senior forest representatives from Papua New Guinea, Tonga and New Caledonia. …  

29 Sep 2015 | News story

Mapping community forest resources with villagers in Hue province

The power of persuasion - celebrating the new sustainable development agenda

As the conservation community celebrates the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the real work begins, says Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN. …  

26 Sep 2015 | Article

The Ambassador of the United States of America to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Walter E. North with participants at the official opening of the National Training Workshop of the Mangroves Carbon Accounting in Port Moresby.

National Training Workshop on Mangroves Carbon Accounting in Papua New Guinea (PNG)

 25 September 2015 | A national  training workshop in mangrove carbon accounting was conducted in Port Moresby from 21st-25th September 2015 by IUCN / USAID Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably-Managed Healthy Forests (MARSH) project, the Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD) and US Forest Service (USFS). The participants were trained on the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Programme (SWAMP) protocol for measuring and monitoring forest carbon in mangroves.  

25 Sep 2015 | News story

Brushed aluminium

IUCN receives award for its role in setting sustainable aluminium industry standard

IUCN has received a Gold Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for leading a multi-stakeholder process to launch the now independent Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s first Performance Standard.  

15 Sep 2015 | Article

Uluna-Sutahuri tribe creates regional partnership to carry out biological surveys within their customary lands

The Uluna-Sutahuri Tribe of Malango, Central Guadalcanal, has signed an historic agreement with the University of the South Pacific, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Solomon Islands Government to plan and implement the Bobosogo Biodiversity Surveys – a collaborative biological inventory of the unique plants and animals living within upland areas of Uluna-Sutahuri Customary Lands of Guadalcanal. …  

08 Sep 2015 | News story

Ariel Brunner of BirdLife Europe

The pros and cons of biodiversity offsets

Protecting forests and restoring wetlands are some of the actions companies and governments are taking to make up for biodiversity lost as a result of their development activities. These measurable conservation actions - designed to compensate for unavoidable impacts, on top of prevention and mitigation measures already implemented - are known as biodiversity offsets. The goal of offsets is to achieve no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity on the ground in relation to species’ numbers, habitat and ecosystem function. …  

07 Sep 2015 | Article

Montane Rainforest, Yus Conservation and Landscape, Papua New Guinea

IUCN Energy project making a difference in PNG local community

The community of Mananakele in Papua New Guinea will soon receive their own solar home systems which will provide them lighting by the end of this year.

04 Sep 2015 | Article

Jacob Salcone, IUCN Oceania.

Should conservation organizations treat nature as natural capital? - An opinion piece by Jacob Salcone

I was in a meeting recently with a mix of government and NGO representatives. The meeting was organized by WWF to share some economic analysis they had conducted of Fiji’s Great Sea Reef. As the conversation turned to why the economic information was useful and how it would be used, Sele Tagivuni, an older gentleman who had been with the Fiji Ministry of Environment for many years recounted an interaction he had with a senior planning officer. “Birds. Why are you always telling me about birds?” he said to Sele. “Are you planning to have a Christmas lovo [feast]?”   …  

03 Sep 2015 | Article

The people of Maramasike, Solomon Islands highly depend on mangroves for their source of livelihood

Mangrove teachers resource book completed

With the financial support of USAID and the technical support of PNG Research and Conservation Foundation (RCF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an IUCN member, has developed a Mangrove Teachers Resource Book for use at Primary Schools at participating MARSH sites and for other areas in New Ireland where mangroves and mangrove conservation are an important consideration.  …  

03 Sep 2015 | Article

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