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Ray in Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati

Launch of Pacific regional observatory for protected areas and biodiversity

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme is pleased to announce the commencement of an important new partnership that will see the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as the host organization for the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region. …  

10 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

Bonaire kid

Benefits of Valuing Nature for the Caribbean Netherlands

A research conducted between 2012 and 2014 not only values the ecosystem services provided by the three islands’ natural world, but produces reports and policy briefs for decision-makers with guidance on how to maintain these values for the benefit of the economy. …  

26 Aug 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

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

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