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Officers of IUCN ORO at the opening of the IPP/PPA Workshop for GEFPAS Low Carbon Island Nations

IUCN ORO convenes IPP/PPA Workshop for GEFPAS Low Carbon Islands Nations

As part of the Global Environment Facility Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEFPAS) Low Carbon Islands project, implemented by the UN Environment Programme and executed by IUCN ORO, a two-day intensive workshop was held on 29-30 October in Nadi, Fiji Islands to introduce and detail the concepts involved in Independent Power Production and Power Purchase Agreements between national utilities and the private sector. The Low Carbon Islands project is being implemented in the countries of Nauru, Niue, and Tuvalu, where integration of private sector into the process of adopting renewable energy and energy efficient technologies is being emphasized through regulatory review & policy development, financial mechanism support, and public awareness activities. To augment interdepartmental coordination, we requested participation through representative delegates from the respective government Law Offices and Ministries of Finance alongside the national utilities. …  

06 Nov 2015 | News story

Scrubfowl in Makira

In search of the Makira Moorhen

With funding from CEPF through the East Melanesian Islands portfolio, a new search for the Makira Moorhen is being co-ordinated by Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership in conjunction with BirdLife International and the Kahua Association. …  

05 Nov 2015 | Article

Chief Laete`esafi with the bilingual book on medicinal plants

Bilingual book documents medicinal plants of the Kwaio, Solomon Islands

A CEPF supported project in East Kwaio, Solomon Islands, has produced a bi-lingual book and series of videos about the traditional use of medicinal plants in the area. …  

05 Nov 2015 | News story

Western Province Solomon Islands

Partnering for improved protected area information

In the Pacific, the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme comes across a number of national and regional projects that have similar aims, particularly for improving the standard of baseline information about protected areas. This feature highlights aspects of the breadth of interaction, trust building and benefits evidence required in order to develop information access and sharing arrangements, supported by a specific example of collaboration between projects and actors in the Solomon Islands. …   | French

27 Oct 2015 | Article

Participants to the first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) in Tonga.

Ha'apai hosts the first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) in Tonga

The first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) was opened on Wednesday 14 October by the Governor of Ha’apai District, Mo’ale Finau. In his opening remarks, Governor Finau stressed that that the whole of Tonga need to embrace the SMA programme in order to preserve all marine life in our coastal areas not only for our immediate needs but most importantly for future generations. …  

14 Oct 2015 | News story

The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa departing Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney

A sea change: new global commitments to oceans and sustainability

As the UN, governments, NGOs and civil society organisations met at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York last month, the world seems to be waking up to recognise the critical roles that a healthy environment, and healthy oceans can play in addressing current challenges, including poverty, climate change, food and water security, and disaster risk reduction. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Participants of the Regional Technical Regional Technical bêche-de-mer (BdM) meeting in Nuku’alofa in October 2015.

Less planning, more action on – and regional approach to - Pacific Islands bêche-de-mer fisheries

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga was honoured to host the inaugural Regional Technical bêche-de-mer (BdM) meeting in Nuku’alofa in October 2015. With the experiences and many challenges faced in sustainably managing the bêche-de-mer fishery in Tonga and the region as a whole, the Honourable Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, Minister of Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries expressed his concern at the real problems behind the failure to sustainably manage this fishery. …  

06 Oct 2015 | Article

Guadalcanal Tree Frog

USP leads expedition in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

In September 2015, a team from The University of South Pacific's (USP) Institute of Applied Science (IAS) led a ground-breaking expedition to the interior of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands - one of CEPF's priority Key Biodiversity Areas - to document its unique and diverse flora and fauna. As the highest island in the Pacific, Guadalcanal’s mountainous interior is home to thousands of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

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

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