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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

Vaquita, WWF, Mexico

Between a gill net and a hard place: more pressure on Vaquita

The world’s smallest cetacean, the Critically Endangered Vaquita (Phocoena sinus), is facing its most daunting challenge yet. Despite decades of conservation work to protect this porpoise in its limited habitat in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico, an unlikely but illegal trade in wildlife has arisen all to quickly. Chinese demand for the swim bladder of another threatened species- the totoaba fish (Totoaba macdonaldi) is now accelerating the slide toward extinction for this species of porpoise. …  

11 Aug 2014 | News story

Ministers of Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa at the Pacific Bêche-de-mer and the Future of Coastal Fisheries Meeting in Nadi, Fiji

Ministers of the Pacific Islands call for action on coastal fisheries and bêche-de-mer

The ministers of Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu have urged Pacific Island nations take urgent collective action to address the existing and future threats to bêche-de-mer and other coastal fisheries in the region. …  

08 Aug 2014 | Article

Papua New Guinea Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon. Mao Zeming, delivering the keynote address at the Pacific Bêche-de-mer and the Future of Coastal Fisheries Meeting in Nadi, Fiji

Is it time for certification and branding of sustainably-grown products from Pacific coastal fisheries?

Certifying and branding sustainably-grown commercial products, such as bêche-de-mer, is one of the many ideas put forward to help the coastal fisheries of the Pacific Islands be sustainably managed into the future. …  

07 Aug 2014 | News story

Suva fish market

Pacific Islanders will need alternative sources of protein within two decades if current overfishing continues

Overfishing, population growth, rapid urbanization, habitat degradation and climate change are all leading to a ‘perfect storm’ for coastal fisheries in the Pacific Islands region, which means that many Pacific Island countries and territories will need to find alternative sources of protein for their population within the next two decades. …  

06 Aug 2014 | Article

Pacific Islander diving for bêche-de-mer

Challenges facing management of coastal fisheries and bêche-de-mer in the Pacific

The Pacific Islands region is reaching a critical point in the management of its coastal fisheries (including bêche-de-mer), as unsustainable fishing practices risk the region’s future sustenance, livelihoods and safety. Fisheries ministers from across the Pacific Islands region will discuss how to address these challenges at a three-day meeting this week in Nadi, Fiji. …  

05 Aug 2014 | Article

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Sea & Air: Traversing the Ocean-Climate Divide in International Law and Policy

We have the pleasure of inviting you to an interdisciplinary panel discussion:
Sea & Air: Traversing the Ocean-Climate Divide in International Law and Policy 

04 Aug 2014 | News story

A field ranger keeps a close watch over a wild rhino to which he has been assigned in an African Game Park.

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July. …   | French | Spanish

29 Jul 2014 | News story

The 20th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA)

The future exploitation of mineral resources of the seabed in areas beyond national jurisdiction discussed in Kingston

The 20th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) took place between the 14 and 25 July in Kingston, Jamaica. …  

29 Jul 2014 | News story

Somali Ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes)

One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The assessment shows that more than 25% of these newly recognised birds have been listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List - compared with 13% of all birds - making them urgent priorities for conservation action. …  

24 Jul 2014 | News story