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Indonesia - Restoration of shattered coral reef at Raja Ampat on hold

23 June, 2017
The Indonesian government can’t restore one of the country’s best coral reefs until it strikes a compensation deal with the insurer of the cruise line that wrecked it, the deputy coordinating maritime minister said this week. Click on the link below to read the full article.


SPC - Country Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser Ridge to Reef (CCMEA – R2R)

23 June, 2017
The CCMEA R2R will provide advocacy for closer national, sub-regional and regional cooperation and the sharing of lessons learned and knowledge gained to assist in national adoption of R2R strategies and policies in line with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council-approved Regional R2R Programme Framework.


New Caledonia - Dugong threatened with extinction

23 June, 2017
Continued poaching could destroy New Caledonia's dugong population, conservationists have warned.


UN Ocean Conference results in several MPA-related commitments by governments, organizations

23 June, 2017
From 5-9 June 2017, the United Nations Headquarters in New York hosted its first ever oceans conference, attracting thousands of government officials and institutions to discuss implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans...Arguably the more newsworthy outcome of the conference was the hundreds of commitments and announcements made by governments and organizations, several of which pertained to MPAs.  Click on the link below to read the full article.
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Commonwealth Pacific report to shift paradigm on ocean governance

23 June, 2017
A Commonwealth study on ocean governance in the Pacific offers ways to sustainably capitalise on the economic treasures of the ocean...Secretary-General Patricia Scotland discussed the findings of the study at the recent UN Oceans Conference held in New York. The report urges governments and their development partners to shift the ocean governance paradigm from ‘explore and exploit’ to ‘sustain and be sustained by’. Click on the link below to read the full article.
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CBD Update - Global MPA target of 10% to be achieved by 2020

16 June, 2017
Here is an update from the CBD Secretariat (Mr. Sarat Babu Gidda) encouraging countries to deliver the commitments and request partners to work in concerted, coherent and collective manner to help countries in delivering their commitments would help reaching the agreed protected area related targets. The CBD Parties not only contributed to reach 5.7% protection of Global Ocean Protection ( 14.4% in case of national waters) they committed the remaining 4.3% to reach 10% global ocean protection target by 2020.


IPFC Tahiti - Last call for Tahiti IPFC grants

16 June, 2017
This to announce the last call for the 8 grants to help support participation at the upcoming IPFC Tahiti, October 2017 (https://ipfc10.criobe.pf/). Applications must be submitted before the 30th June 2017. Results will be announced on 4th July 2017. Please click the following links for details concerning each of the grants : https://ipfc10.criobe.pf/program/ipfc-grants/


Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Management - University of Montana

16 June, 2017
The Protected Area Management Distance Education Program (PAMDEP) graduate certificate provides students and professionals with training and expertise in the key topics related to protected area management. Courses cover the history and philosophy of the global protected area system, laws and policy and international conventions.  


New research article - Distribution and drivers of global mangrove forest change, 1996–2010

16 June, 2017
Mangrove forests are located in the tropics and sub-tropics but extend into temperate regions where they reach their geographical limits...Despite their importance for local livelihoods, biodiversity and carbon sequestration, mangrove forests are greatly threatened across their range.
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New research article - Incorporating Land Tenure Security into Conservation

16 June, 2017
Insecure land tenure plagues many developing and tropical regions, often where conservation concerns are highest. Conservation organizations have long focused on protected areas as tenure interventions, but are now thinking more comprehensively about whether and how to incorporate other land tenure strategies into their work, and how to more soundly ground such interventions on evidence of both conservation and human benefits. Click on the link below to read the full article.
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New research article - Utilitarian framings of biodiversity shape environmental impact assessment in development cooperation

16 June, 2017
Biodiversity is under threat from anthropogenic pressures, in particular in biodiversity-rich developing countries. Development cooperation actors, who traditionally focus on the improvement of socio-economic conditions in the South, are increasingly acknowledging the linkages between poverty and biodiversity, e.g. by referring to the ecosystem services framework. However, there are many different framings which stress the need for biodiversity integration and which influence how biodiversity and development are and/or should be linked. 


Fiji - Sea areas in need of protection

16 June, 2017
Fiji's understanding of particular sensitive sea areas (PSSA) in the marine environment is expected to notch up another level, thanks to the latest collaboration by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), the Office for the London Convention/Protocol and Ocean Affairs and International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Click on the link below to read the full story.


Tightening laws on Pacific Ocean

16 June, 2017
Australia has committed $A2 million over three years to support the work of the Pacific Community and Pacific island countries on maritime delimitation in the Pacific Ocean. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Joint effort critical

16 June, 2017
Government's commitment to expand marine managed areas, which was made known at the United Nations World Ocean Conference (UNWOC) in New York, is not enough, says Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) director Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai. Dr Mangubhai said making a statement and commitment was the easy part but there was still a lot of work to do. Click on the link below to read the full story.


IUCN@the Oceans Conference

31 May, 2017
A Delegation of 20 experts will represent IUCN at the Oceans Conference taking place from 5-9 June 2017 in New York. Click on the link below to find out more about IUCN's participation and planned activities at the UN Oceans Conference next week.


SPREP - Our Pacific Voyage to the UN Oceans Conference

31 May, 2017
The Pacific is the world’s largest ocean, covering nearly one-third of the Earth’s surface, it defines us as Pacific people, underpinning our livelihoods and way of life.  With this in mind, the coming UN Oceans Conference and Sustainable Development Goal 14 are crucial for our Pacific region. Click on the link below to find out more about SPREPs participation and planned activities at the UN Oceans Conference next week.


A wave of Pacific partnerships in action for our Ocean Health

31 May, 2017
As caretakers of the world's largest ocean basin, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with Members and global partners have committed to four different partnerships for Ocean health. Click on the link belowe to read the full article.


Rights of coastal communities important

31 May, 2017
When delegates sit down next week in New York to consider how to ensure the sustainability of the world's oceans there will be a strong Pacific push to focus on the rights of coastal communities. Click on the link below to read the full article and to listen to the interview.


Australia - Ranger groups in the dark about future of existing Indigenous Protected Areas

31 May, 2017
Weeks after the federal budget was handed down there is still uncertainty about future funding for existing Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs). Click on the link below to read the full article.


World can 'learn ocean management from Pacific'

31 May, 2017
There is a call for the world to listen to how Pacific coastal communities have managed their areas sustainably...
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