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Navigating the Seas

16 February, 2018
Growing up, Setareki Ledua held the fascination for sailing boats. Even while residing at Lami, the Fulaga, Lau native would steal off to join his relatives as they carved and sailed the Fijian traditional canoe, the drua. Click on the link below to read the full story.


UN Environment launches global overview of environmental assessment legislation

16 February, 2018
Through a consultative process with legal experts, environmental assessment practioners, academics, non-governmental organisations and government officials, UNEP-WCMC supported UN Environment in developing a global stocktaking of environmental assessment legislation. Click on the link below for further information.
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Director of WCS Fiji Receives Pew Marine Fellowship

16 February, 2018
Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai, director of WCS Fiji  has been awarded an international Pew Fellowship Award. Dr. Manghubai joins a group of scientists and conservationists who have received support from the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation to research important topics and test solutions to marine conservation issues. Click on the link below for further information.  


Exceptional new coastal Ramsar Site for Fiji

16 February, 2018
Fiji has designated its second Ramsar Site: Qoliqoli Cokovata (Ramsar Site no. 2331) covers over 134,000 hectares of fishing grounds on the north coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island.  Click on the link below to read the full site description.


15-Year Study Indicates Huge Increase in Pacific Ocean Microplastics

16 February, 2018
Charles Moore, who first sailed the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997, has returned five times over 15 years to document the concentrations of plastic in the ocean. His results show microplastics are accumulating at a rapid rate. Click on the link below to read the full story.


IRCP-CRIOBE GRANTS 2018 - applications now open!

16 February, 2018
In the context of a partnership between Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs (IRCP) and two french polynesian firms, Société des Nouveaux Hôtels (SNH) et Société Polynésienne de Développement Durable (SPDD), some grants are available to young scientists (PhD, Post-doctorate or degrees of similar levels  – < 35 yrs) of French nationality or foreigners to conduct a scientific project in the French Polynesia coral reefs. Click on the link below for further details.


A family tree to rank priority of shark conservation efforts

16 February, 2018
Simon Frasier University (SFU) researchers have developed a fully resolved shark, ray, and chimaera family tree, ranking every species according to how much unique evolutionary history they contributed to and biogeography. Ultimately, these rankings will be used to help identify conservation priorities. Click on the link below to read the full story.  


How a Scientist Counted the Fish in a Huge Marine Reserve in Just 8 Days

09 February, 2018
Hydroacoustics allowed a single researcher to survey the fish population of a 17,600-acre preserve in Mexico in days. The technology could help small island states that are creating big marine protected areas but lack the resources to monitor them. CLick on the link below to read the full story.


Connecting Conservation and Culture in Oceania

09 February, 2018
The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument promotes biological and cultural connectivity between Micronesia and Polynesia. Click on the link below to read the full story. 


The fifth World Ocean Summit 2018

09 February, 2018
The fifth World Ocean Summit will be held at Riviera Maya, Mexico, on March 7th-9th 2018 and will grapple with some of the ocean's most intractable problems--and explore new possibilities. Click on the link below for further information.
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A global analysis of management capacity and ecological outcomes in terrestrial protected areas

09 February, 2018
Protecting important sites is a key strategy for halting the loss of biodiversity. However, our understanding of the relationship between management inputs and biodiversity outcomes in protected areas (PAs) remains weak. Click on the link below to read the full article.


ValuES Methods Navigator

09 February, 2018
Ecosystem service assessments should be ‘issue-driven’. They can be done to gain new insights, to make a strong argument, to start a discussion, to help settle a negotiation, to enhance a planning process, or to reach a decision. There are many different methods for doing an assessment.  This Navigator.is a tool to help you choose a suitable method for your ecosystem service assessments. Click on the link below for further details.


IMBeR ClimEco6 Summer School - Interdisciplinary approaches for sustainable oceans

09 February, 2018
The ClimEco6 Summer School aims to contribute to the development of the next generation of interdisciplinary marine researchers. Drawing on the expertise of lecturers from the natural, social and economic sciences, participants will develop a strong theoretical and applied understanding of each discipline, and how they can be integrated to solve some of the challenges facing the oceans.  Click on the link below for details on how to apply.


United States - Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Receive Protection

09 February, 2018
After a long-term push from marine conservation groups, the US government has changed the oceanic whitetip shark to be labeled “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Click on the link below to read the full story.


SPREP Job Vacancies

09 February, 2018
SPREP invites applications from interested and suitably qualified individuals for the following positions: ISLAND AND OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS - Director, Island and Ocean Ecosystems (DIOE) – in light of the 6-year rule WASTE MANAGEMENT AND POLLUTION CONTROL - Project Manager – PacWaste Plus (PM PWP) – new position CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE - Project Manager – Intra ACP GCCA+ Climate Change in the Pacific ACP Region (PM CCiPACP) – new position  


U.S nuclear waste remains pour into Pacific Ocean as radioactive remains leak from dome

09 February, 2018
A concrete dome holding the radioactive waste of 43 nuclear explosions is leaking into the ocean, veterans have warned. Click on the link below to read the full story.  


Nagao Wetland Fund (NWF) 2018 - Call for applications

09 February, 2018
The Nagao Wetland Fund (NWF) is open for applications from Contracting Parties in the Asia and Oceania regions included in the DAC List of ODA Recipients.The Ramsar Convention Secretariat wishes to acknowledge the Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) in Japan for its generous voluntary donation to establish the NWF, which is administered by the Ramsar Secretariat. The deadline for all submissions is 1 April 2018.


World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

02 February, 2018
We invite all scientists to endorse this global environmental article and engage with a new alliance concerned about global climate and environmental trends.  Click on the link below for further details


Research priorities for conservation and natural resource management in Oceania's small-island developing states

02 February, 2018
We identified research questions that, if answered, would increase the effectiveness of conservation and natural resource management practice and policy in Oceania's small-island developing states.  Click on the link below to read the full article.


Learning through fieldwork on Pacific coral reefs

02 February, 2018
Stanford undergraduates study links between human and natural systems through an interdisciplinary seminar in Palau. Click on the link to read the full story.


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