Oceania

Murphy's petrels

Removing rats, restoring islands

A unique international project partnership involving IUCN Member organizations, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, The Nature Conservancy and the US Fish & Wildlife Service is helping to restore a series of islands and seabird habitats in the Pacific by removing alien invasive rats which have wreaked havoc on native biodiversity. …  

10 Aug 2011 | News story

Participants during training.

Huge demand for enforcement training in the Pacific

There is a huge demand for training in the policing of environmental legislations across the Pacific region. This was the popular feedback from participants and partners of the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Training Course as it concluded on July 22, 2011 in Fiji. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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Randy Thaman explains a point during discussions.

Pacific Islands green economic future must challenge global economic models

Pacific Island nations cannot move to a new economic development paradigm alone, the structure of the global economy as a whole must change and move to an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable basis. This is the message the Roundtable for Nature Conservation of the Pacific Islands want Pacific Leaders to take to Rio+20 in 2012. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story

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

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


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