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Samoa - Building the capacity of local communities

Four hundred representatives from villages and community organisations in Samoa, participated in the ‘Call for Proposals’ Workshops’ by the U.N.D.P. Global Environment Facility (G.E.F.) Small Grants Programme (S.G.P.).

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Rapid Biodiversity Assessment of Key Biodiversity Areas: Falealupo Peninsula Coastal Rainforest, Central Savai’i Rainforest, and Uafato-Tiavea Coastal Rainforest, Samoa

This Biodiversity survey was coordinated and implemented by Conservation International staff and partners, through contract by the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), with funding support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) via the United Nations Development Programme (Apia Office). This project funding was to support the “Strengthening multi-sectoral management of critical landscape” (SMSMCL) project being implemented by MNRE.

Samoa - A day to celebrate water and forests

World Water and Forests Day was celebrated in Samoa on Tuesday. The two-day event, themed “Water & Forest Resources for Sustainable Urban Development”, was held at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Convention Centre.

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Samoa hosts Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium

Pacific history was made with the very first Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium opening in Samoa today, demonstrating global leadership from the island region in protecting and conserving Pacific sharks and rays.

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Interactive impacts of by‑catch take and elite consumption of illegal wildlife

Harvesting, consumption and trade of forest meat are key causes of biodiversity loss. Successful mitigation programs are proving difcult to design, in part because anthropogenic pressures are treated as internationally uniform. Despite illegal hunting being a key conservation issue in the Pacifc Islands, there is a paucity of research. Here, we examine the dynamics of hunting of birds and determine how these contribute to biodiversity loss on the islands of Samoa.

Samoa to share in benefits from genetic resources

The launch of a new project puts the small Polynesian country at the forefront of “Access and Benefit Sharing” – helping ensure communities derive significant economic, social and environmental benefits from the country’s extensive genetic resources. 

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Samoa's proposal accepted by international conservation convention

The 12th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12) today accepted the proposal by Samoa and Sri Lanka to list the blue shark on CMS Appendix II, acknowledging that the species is currently under threat and would benefit from collaborative conservation measures.

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