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Fiji - New FAO training program launched

21 April, 2017
A new training program implanted by FAO for Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Management in Fiji was recently announced. The program aims at providing the necessary knowledge and skills at various levels of society to implement the International Convention of Biodiversity (CBD).   The Fijian Minister for Forests, Osea Naiqamu, launched the training course program in the Fijian capital of Suva. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Samoa - Communities committed to forest eco-system conservation on Savaii, Samoa

21 April, 2017
Eight communities on the island of Savai’i in Samoa have decided to continue forest conservation and have agreed to five year management plans (2017-2022) for three Community Conservation Areas. The areas cover and protect a total area of 14700 ha of native forests and include water catchment areas, wetlands, lava flow areas and important lowland forests. Click on the link below for the full story.


Cook Islands - ban on commercial fishing in 50-nm zones around islands

21 April, 2017
Last month, the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands officially designated a 50-nautical mile buffer zone around its islands in which all commercial fishing is now off-limits. All together, the buffer zones total an area of more than 300,000 km2. Prior to the move, longline fishing had been allowed in waters beyond 12 nm of the islands, and purse seining had been allowed in waters beyond 24 nm. Please click on the link below to read the full story.


Palau: Research Article - Size, age, and habitat determine effectiveness of Palau's Marine Protected Areas

21 April, 2017
Palau has a rich heritage of conservation...In 2003, the Palau Protected Areas Network (PAN) was created to conserve Palau's unique biodiversity and culture, and is the country's mechanism for achieving the goals of the Micronesia Challenge (MC), an initiative to conserve 30% of near-shore marine resources within the region by 2020. Click on the link below to read the full text of the research article.


Australia - The Atlas of Living Australia

21 April, 2017
The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is Australia’s national biodiversity database. It provides free, online access to information about Australia's amazing biodiversity. It supports research, environmental monitoring, conservation planning, education, and biosecurity activities, and is a great way to learn more about Australia's biodiversity. The ALA is a collaboration between CSIRO, Australia's museums and herbaria, universities, and the Australian Government. Click on the Link below to access the ALA website.   


New report - The impact of hunting on tropical mammal and bird populations

21 April, 2017
Hunting is a major driver of biodiversity loss... As the human population grows and increasingly encroaches on remaining wildlife habitat, hunting threatens many species... Bird and mammal populations were considerably lower in areas where hunting occurred. Although commercial hunting and proximity to roads and urban centers were the most damaging factors, all hunting had worrying impacts, even in protected areas.  Click on the link below to view the full text of the report.


New Report: WWF - Halting the illegal trade of CITES species from World Heritage Sites

21 April, 2017
This new WWF report finds that poaching occurs in almost 30% of World Heritage Sites where one third of the world's remaining wild tigers and 40% of all African animals live. These unique sites are also the last refuge for some critically endangered species such as Javan rhinos in Indonesia and vaquitas in Mexico. Please click on the link below to download the report.


An Ecoregion-Based Approach to Protecting Half the Terrestrial Realm

21 April, 2017
The 'Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World' dataset has been updated to 846 ecoregions and used for an analysis of current and potential future protection. In addition, an interactive global map of the Ecoregions 2017 with protection status by region can be viewed at: ecoregions2017.appspot.com Click on the link below to read the full article,


New publication - Landscape connectivity: a call to action

13 April, 2017
Creating landscapes with healthy, functioning ecosystems is not only key to making progress towards the environmental targets embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals, but also to addressing multiple social and economic targets that depend partly or wholly on the benefits that ecosystems provide to people. There are clear economic and social rewards for business and government that create connected landscapes that support healthy, functioning ecosystems.


Australia - Great Barrier Reef at 'terminal stage': scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

13 April, 2017
Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. Click on link below to read the full story.


Securing our food now and into the future

13 April, 2017
Oceans mean the whole world. They provide us food. They offer shelter to many species that enable life to exist on earth. They protect us from the impacts of climate change. Unfortunately, we are exploiting them, pushing ocean ecosystems to their limits. Global warming has also adversely impacted the world’s oceans increasing the water acidity and threatening coral reefs and certain marine organisms. This needs to change. It’s about time to protect them. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Samoa - Improving productivity and ensuring sustainable agricultural systems in Samoa

13 April, 2017
FAO is working with the Government of Samoa in supporting three Community Conservation Areas across eight villages on the island of Savai’i. The conservation areas aim to preserve biodiversity and maintain the ecosystem services of intact forest protected areas, mainly in the highlands. These highland forests – often referred to as cloud forests – are 600 metres or more above sea level. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Fiji - Land project to improve usage

13 April, 2017
THE greater Delaikoro, Taveuni and Mt Tomaniivi areas will soon improve their resilience to climate change. This follows the implementation of the $4.44 million worth Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) national action programs.Three project sites have been identified in Fiji which are productive landscapes in the vicinity of the protected areas established by the global environment facility "forestry and protected area management" project. Click on the link below to read the full story.


New Publication - Marine protected areas: Interactions with fisheries livelihoods and food security

13 April, 2017
Building on work presented at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) held in Sydney, Australia, on 12–19 November 2014, this document explores experiences with aquatic protected areas (PAs), marine protected areas (MPAs) and protected areas in inland waters in the context of livelihoods and food security.


Marine protected areas need accountability, not wasted dollars

13 April, 2017
In this era of fiscal constraint following the global financial crisis, marine protected areas (MPAs) occupy a remarkable position in the economic landscape. Few government authorities seem concerned about the prevalence of white elephants – illusionary MPAs that carry a financial cost...Effective MPAs potentially provide one cost-effective tool for safeguarding populations of thousands of species, whereas conservation strategies aimed at single species are rarely feasible owing to prohibitive cost.


Internship opportunity - WLI Internship applications 2017 now open

10 April, 2017
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust hosts the Wetland Link International (WLI) initiative, a support network for those working in wetland centres that deliver CEPA activities (Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness) at wetland sites. The network has over 300 members, and forms part of Ramsar Convention's CEPA programme, as well as working with many leading wetland conservation organisations.


SPREP vacancies

10 April, 2017
Please see below the following vacancies for your information and perusal.  BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT            ABS Legal Adviser (EPAI)            ABS Capacity Building Officer (EPAI)            ABS Technical and Finance Assistant (EPAL) ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND GOVERNANCE          Project Manager – Inform Project (EPAI)  


The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) - Call for contributions now open!

10 April, 2017
The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) with the motto Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the people and ocean together, will focus on the need to highlight the intricate nature of ocean-human relationship and the benefits of marine protected areas (MPA) and the ocean for millions that depends on their ecosystem services. IMPAC4 will be one of the last milestones in the road of conferences on marine conservation before reaching the 2020 deadline for the Aichi Targets.


11 SPREP members sign on to Pacific Whale Declaration

10 April, 2017
The Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference closed on a high note today with 11 countries signing on to the Pacific Islands Year of the Whale Declaration. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Niue - New Zealand announces funding to support whale research in Niue

10 April, 2017
Research to further help unlock the secrets of the Oceania Humpback Whale in Niue will take place with support from the government of New Zealand.  This will help further assist in the protection and conservation of humpback whales in the Pacific. Click on the link below to read the full story.


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