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Colonel Samuela Saumatua in his opening address.

Economy must go green to ensure sustainability: says Environment Minister

In opening the 14th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRNC) today in Lami, Fiji, Colonel Samuela Saumatua the Minister for Urban Development, Housing, Local Government and Environment of Fiji emphasized the need for Pacific economies to go green if the region is to ensure its economic viability. …  

26 Jul 2011 | News story

The green economy: Environmentalists discuss its value

 Discussions on the Pacific region’s conservation approach in the global “green economy” debate will be high on the agenda this week as the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRNC) convenes its 14th annual meeting in Suva. …  

25 Jul 2011 | News story

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Top scientists rally together in fight against invasive species

A flurry of articles in influential scientific journals in recent months has questioned the urgency to address the growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species. The assertion is that the concern with invasive species derives from an unreasonable desire to maintain pristine ecosystems and exclude all alien species. Such criticism is, in fact, unfounded. …  

22 Jul 2011 | News story

Nu’utele Island, part of the Aleipata Islands, Upolu, Samoa

IUCN welcomes Samoa as new State Member

The Government of the Independent State of Samoa has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the Union’s Statutes, becoming a State Member of the world’s largest and oldest environmental network. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been designated by the Government of Samoa as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

08 Jul 2011 | News story

Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Increased protection urgently needed for tunas

For the first time, all species of scombrids (tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels) and billfishes (swordfish and marlins) have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 61 known species, seven are classified in a threatened category, being at serious risk of extinction. Four species are listed as Near Threatened and nearly two-thirds have been placed in the Least Concern category. …  

07 Jul 2011 | International news release

Wantok Moana logo

Wantok Moana sets sail

Driven by their passion for marine science and conservation, a group of young enthusiasts at the University of the South Pacific have formed the first Marine Studies Student’s Association entitled Wantok Moana. …  

06 Jul 2011 | News story

ADFIP members and partners in Tuvalu, June 2011.

Pacific financing institutions agree to take on energy efficiency loan scheme

Members of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in the Pacific (ADFIP) have unanimously agreed to take on board energy efficiency and solar photovoltaic loan schemes in their regional portfolio, following recommendations from IUCN Oceania. …  

05 Jul 2011 | News story

Thaman with students on a fieldtrip to Makuluva, Fiji in 2010.

The man who teaches for nature

Nobody knows better the importance of shaping young minds to value their islands natural bounties then Professor Randy Thaman who has spent over 37 years teaching at the University of the South Pacific (USP), an IUCN Member. …  

04 Jul 2011 | News story

SOS Call for Proposals now open

The first SOS Call for Proposals is now open, accepting Threatened Species and Rapid Action Grants. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2011.  …   | Chinese

27 Jun 2011 | News story

Lake Bogoria landscape

Natural wonders in Kenya, Australia and Japan declared World Heritage Sites

The Lakes System in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the Ningaloo Coast in Australia and the Ogasawara Islands in Japan have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

25 Jun 2011 | International news release


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