Oceania

Participants at the workshop

Thinking beyond the norm: Linking energy systems and environmental implications

Proactive rather than reactive planning is needed to ensure that energy systems go in the right places,” said Anare Matakiviti, IUCN Oceania Energy Programme Coordinator in opening the regional workshop on “Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for renewable energy projects” held in Nadi, Fiji in April. …  

20 Apr 2011 | News story

Nigel Dudley Sue Stolton

The power of partnership

Nigel Dudley and Sue Stolton 2011 – United Kingdom

Nobody knows better the benefits that national parks and other protected areas bring to people and nature than Sue Stolton and Nigel Dudley, and no one has worked harder to bring this knowledge to bear in saving the world’s natural wealth. …  

11 Apr 2011 | News story

Aboard the Gaualofa, the Samoan va’a. Crew members educating school children on Ocean threats.

Working with Vaka crews on environmental messaging

IUCN Oceania has had a close relationship with the Fiji Islands Voyaging Society (FIVS) since its inception in 2009, to the point that staff have been aboard the Uto Ni Yalo (the FIVS flagship) on several occasions, and one staff member joining a sail to Savusavu as a crew member. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Nadi Basin

Sharing experiences on ecosystem based management: CEM visits Oceania

 Key players and experts from the environment and sustainable development community in Fiji and abroad gathered in Nadi, Fiji from 2 – 4 March to discuss how to integrate ecosystem based management principles into the Nadi River Basin and Mangrove Management Plans. …  

07 Mar 2011 | News story

British High Commissioner, Malcom McLachlan and IUCN Oceania Regional Director, Taholo Kami with the cheque that will see the set up of the new environment compliance and enforcement course.

Low enforcement weakens environmental fight: new course to help

A new Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Certificate course will be offered from August this year as part of the University of the South Pacific’s calendar. This was revealed today when the British High Commission officially handed over the initial funding for the development of the course to IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

02 Mar 2011 | News story

Woman collecting firewood, Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Towards an IUCN strategy for sustainable bioenergy

“By 2016, bioenergy responsibly contributes to biodiversity conservation, climate change solutions and sustainable livelihoods, as part of building resilient ecological and socio-economic systems.” This is IUCN’s working vision for sustainable bioenergy, an outcome of a recent workshop that convened Members, partners, Commissions and IUCN staff to develop an IUCN bioenergy strategy.* …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story
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Pacific Islands Red List – Identifying threatened species

28% of plant and animal species from the Pacific Islands are threatened with extinction. This is the latest figure identified under IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species™ (2008). The report also states that of the species assessed, 14% are listed under the data deficient category illustrating the lack of information to determine their threat status.   …  

14 Feb 2011 | News story

"Water is everybody's business" - message painted on one side of the bus

Bus to spread word on water conservation in Fiji

 A 60 seater public bus, painted with images and messages to encourage water conservation and recycling, is now travelling the Lautoka to Nadi route in Fiji following its launch on the 2nd of February. …  

09 Feb 2011 | News story


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