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Solar panels shown here of the 40kw grid-connected solar pv system installed at the Motofuoua Secondary School, Vaitupu, Tuvalu

Innovative partnership helps Pacific Island countries reach their renewable energy targets

Several Pacific Island countries are edging closer to reaching their renewable energy targets thanks to funding from the three European governments of Italy, Austria and Luxembourg. …  

08 Sep 2014 | News story

Both islands use diesel powered boats such as this for fishing and transportation.

Oceania Centre for Sustainable Transport receives grant for low-carbon sea transport

The Oceania Centre for Sustainable Transport (OCST) has been awarded a grant of EUR 30,000 from the Transformations to Sustainability Programme of the International Social Science Council to help the Pacific Islands region shift to more environmentally-friendly forms of sea transport. …  

04 Sep 2014 | News story

Ministers signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at the UN 3rd International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa

Samoa leads five Pacific Island nations in signing up to the Pacific Mangroves Charter

Environment Ministers of five Pacific Island countries – Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa and Vanuatu – have committed to increase efforts to conserve mangroves, by signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at a side event of the 3rd United Nations International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). …  

04 Sep 2014 | News story

Uto Ni Yalo

Canoe voyage delivering key message about protected areas in the Pacific

The ‘Mua: Guided by Nature’ canoe voyage to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a compelling and striking way of conveying and advocating the importance of the Pacific’s protected areas to the world – and that is one reason why the BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) programme is lending support. …  

02 Sep 2014 | Article

Jessica Watson, Australian sailor and ambassador of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Making waves: Interview with Australian sailor Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson, OAM (Order of Australia Medal), is a young Australian sailor and Champion of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. In May 2010, Jessica became the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world. …  

23 Aug 2014 | Article

Kai sold at local market

Improving food safety and livelihoods of rural communities: Fiji’s kai fishery

A project to address food security issues in Fiji’s kai fishery will improve livelihoods of rural communities and help empower women, a workshop initiating the project heard this week. …  

22 Aug 2014 | News story

Fijian bicycle rider relaxing

‘Completing the cycle’ in Fiji: Improving the health of humans and the planet

The LifeCycle initiative hit the road this week, as a multi-sector stakeholder meeting was held to help encourage the uptake of cycling in Fiji as a healthy and climate-friendly form of personal transport. …  

21 Aug 2014 | News story

Beqa Island, Fiji.

BIOPAMA: Developing capacity across the regions and on to Sydney

Capacity development for protected areas management is universally accepted as a top priority. And in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, many protected areas do not achieve their objectives of conserving key species, ecosystems and services, due to limited human and institutional capacity; particularly to access and use information to improve decision making. BIOPAMA (the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme) is responding to this challenge by developing capacity for protected area management through work at the regional level, and through wider collaboration with a range of global actors and local actors to develop and share best practices. Some of these will be showcased at the protected areas event of the decade: the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. …  

19 Aug 2014 | News story

Fish from sustainable fisheries ensure food security into the future

Protecting and sustaining human life: Why healthy coastal ecosystems are so important

The recent focus on coastal fisheries has raised the question of why coastal ecosystems are so important. The simple answer is that healthy coastal ecosystems are the lifeblood of Pacific Island communities, providing food, income and physical protection. …  

13 Aug 2014 | News story

Hon. Butulso David Tosul, Vanuatu’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, speaking at the coastal fisheries meeting

Pacific countries look to next steps following call for action on coastal fisheries and bêche-de-mer

The countries that participated in last week’s inaugural Pacific Bêche-de-mer and the Future of Coastal Fisheries Meeting have turned their focus to the next steps they will take to address the threats posed to food security, livelihoods and biodiversity. …  

12 Aug 2014 | Article

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