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Tonga - Inaugural Pacific Invasive Species Battler Award recognises efforts in Tonga

20 April, 2018
Ms Lisa Tokanga Fe’ofa’aki Fanua of Vava’u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA) from Tonga was the winner of the first Pacific Invasive Species Battler of the Year Award announced in December last year, making her the very first Battler of the Year. Click on the link below to read the full article.


Pacific islands invasive species data to be available globally

20 April, 2018
Helping Pacific islands publish data on alien and invasive species to support invasive species management is at the core of a regional workshop at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) this week. Click on the link below to read the full article.


Kiribati - Fourth President of Kiribati to Address 2018 Commencement

20 April, 2018
Prominent environmental advocate His Excellency Anote Tong, who led the Micronesian island nation from 2003 to 2016, is the keynote speaker at College of the Atlantic’s 45th graduation. Click on the link below to read the full article.


Fiji - Proactive measures to ensure sustainability: Fisheries

20 April, 2018
The establishment of moratoriums, total bans, seasonal closures and size limits are some of the proactive approaches taken by the Fisheries Ministry to ensure sustainability of marine resources. Click on the link below to read the full article.


Ocean conservation, island lifestyle

20 April, 2018
Conservation starts at home and includes conserving energy and water as well as reducing the use of plastic bags and plastic utensils.Marine resources should also be protected. Click on the link below to read the full article.


Logo for the International Day for Biological Diversity 2018: “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”

20 April, 2018
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently informed that the 25th anniversary logo of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), also serving as the logo of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2018, is now available. Click on the link below to access the new logo.        


The ‘Pluto Moment’ for Marine Protected Areas

20 April, 2018
When the International Astronomical Union changed its definition of what constitutes a planet in our solar system in 2006, demoting hapless Pluto to a dwarf planet, the decision sparked fierce scientific debate and an outcry from the public...Now, the ocean science community may be facing its own “Pluto Moment.”


Solomon Islands - Logging in tropical forests jeopardizing drinking water

20 April, 2018
A team of researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and other groups have found that increasing land clearing for logging in Solomon Islands-even with best management strategies in place - will lead to unsustainable levels of soil erosion and significant impacts to downstream water quality. Click on the link below to read the full article.


The United Nations QIAO Plan on Climate Change and Nature Conservation

20 April, 2018
The QIAO Plan aims to identify demand-driven projects that enhances the capacity of developing countries to address climate change and to promote nature conservation.  Click on the link below for further details.


Samoa - Building the capacity of local communities

20 April, 2018
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.). Click on the link below to read the full article.


Stunning underwater images taken by Brit diver show humpback whales with young calf in Tongan waters

20 April, 2018
These stunning images were captured by a British underwater photographer as he swam with a pod of humpback whales with a young calf. Click on the link below to read the full article.


CEPF - 12 Tips for Getting Your Grant Idea Funded Make your proposal stand out

20 April, 2018
In total, CEPF’s grant directors have reviewed some 5,000 letters of inquiry (LOIs). They recently reflected on what makes a proposal stand out, and what makes it miss the mark. Here’s their advice... Click on the link below to read the full article.
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New Report - Contribution of Marine Conservation Agreements to Biodiversity Protection, Fisheries Management and Sustainable Financing in Fiji.”

20 April, 2018
The Wildife Conservation Society (WCS) has just finished a report on the “Contribution of Marine Conservation Agreements to Biodiversity Protection, Fisheries Management and Sustainable Financing in Fiji.”The report documents the degree and scale to which Marine Conservation Agreements (MCAs) are being used in coastal waters in Fiji. The study focuses on partnerships involving local communities and the tourism sector.


Investments to reverse biodiversity loss are economically beneficial

12 April, 2018
Reversing biodiversity loss by 2020 is the objective of the 193 countries that are party to the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this context, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 2020 were agreed upon by the CBD in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. A recent assessment has shown that the benefits of investing to meet the Aichi Targets far outweigh the costs.  Click on the link below to access the full article.


New guidance on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas released

12 April, 2018
IUCN has released a new publication titled 'Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas', guidelines to help protected area authorities establish sustainable tourism and visitation. Click on the link below for more information.


New Paper - Essential ocean variables for global sustained observations of biodiversity and ecosystem changes

12 April, 2018
Sustained observations of marine biodiversity and ecosystems focused on specific conservation and management problems are needed around the world to effectively mitigate or manage changes resulting from anthropogenic pressures.  Click on the link below to access the full paper.


Challenges, successes, and lessons from building effective MPA manager networks: Part II - The regional networks

12 April, 2018
When each of us faces a challenge in life, our first reaction is often to ask a trusted friend or colleague, “Have you also faced this? If so, how did you handle it?” It’s the same in MPA planning and management. Practitioners face a common set of challenges – enforcement, engaging stakeholders, monitoring, fundraising, and more... Click on the link below to read the full story.


Environmental data portal and national reporting tool released in Cook Islands

12 April, 2018
To better manage environmental information, Cook Islands National Environment Service (NES) introduced a new portal that can store and share datasets, reports, images and other files that examine current environmental conditions. Click on the link below to read the full story. 


New review paper - Wetlands In a Changing Climate: Science, Policy and Management

12 April, 2018
Part 1 of this review synthesizes recent research on status and climate vulnerability of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, and their contribution to addressing climate change (carbon cycle, adaptation, resilience). Click on the link below to access the full paper.


PALRC Scholarships - 2018 Scholarships now Open

12 April, 2018
The Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC) is proud to launch the new round of scholarships for students undertaking study in 2018. Applications for this round close 30 April 2018. Click on link below for more details. 


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