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Equator Prize 2017 - Call for Nominations.

24 February, 2017
The Equator Initiative partnership is pleased to announce the Equator Prize 2017 Call for Nominations. The Equator Prize is awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2017, culminating in an award ceremony at the beginning of Climate Week.


Protected areas found to be ‘significant’ sources of carbon emissions

24 February, 2017
A new study finds official protection status isn’t keeping deforestation – and the heavy carbon loads it releases – out of many of the world’s parks and reserves. Read full story at the link below.


Request for Quotes: Technical Assistant - PEIN(BIOPAMA/PIPAP)

17 February, 2017
Request for Quotes: Technical Assistant - PEIN(BIOPAMA/PIPAP) SPREP would like to call for tenders from qualified and experienced technical information assistants who can offer their services to provide information/data management to support the BIOPAMA project through the Pacific Island Protected Areas Portal (PIPAP). Due date for submission of tender is 28th February 2017. Please visit the link below


Request for Quotes: PIPAP Web Portal Review and Development

17 February, 2017
Request for Quotes: PIPAP Web Portal Review and Development SPREP would like to seek quotes from qualified and experienced Graphics Designers and/or Web Developers who can offer their services to review and update the look and feel of the Pacific Island Protected Areas Portal (PIPAP).
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7TH OCEANIA REGIONAL MEETING OF THE RAMSAR CONVENTION ON WETLANDS

17 February, 2017
The Seventh Oceania Regional Meeting of the Ramsar Convention will provide a platform for the Contracting Parties of Oceania to review the progress of the national and regional implementation of the Ramsar Convention since the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) in June 2015, and to discuss and share experiences relating to priorities, successes and challenges currently faced by the Contracting Parties of Oceania concerning the conservation and wise use of their wetlands.


funding opportunity - Nagao Wetland Fund: Call for applications

17 February, 2017
  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. Please visit the link below or feel free to contact Ms. Rosi Waqanisau (asia.oceania@ramsar.org) for more information and guidelines for applications.  


Thiess International Riverprize

17 February, 2017
Thiess International Riverprize now open Applications for the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize are now open! Any organisation or partnership who has implemented a successful program of activities benefiting a river, lake, wetland or estuary, in any part of the world, is encouraged to apply. The winner will be announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in Brisbane on 19 September 2017, receiving AU$200,000 in prize money from the Bert & Vera Thiess Foundation.


NOAA's Okeanos Explorer Journeys Into Pacific Deepwater

17 February, 2017
The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will send a remotely operated vehicle into deepwater protected areas of the central Pacific Ocean this week – and you can follow along live online. Read full story at the link below.  


Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum - Brisbane, Australia. March 2017

10 February, 2017
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Size matters for marine protected areas designed to aid coral

10 February, 2017
For marine protected areas established to help coral reefs recover from overfishing, size really does seem to make a difference. Read full story at the link below.  


Protecting Marine Protected Areas

10 February, 2017
When a large swath of the Ross Sea in Antarctica earned marine protected area (MPA) status late last year, becoming the world’s largest MPA, it was hailed as an ocean conservation victory. Officially designating the territory as protected may only be the beginning of protecting it though. Read full story at the link below.


UK: Governing Marine Protected Areas: Lyme Bay

10 February, 2017
The scientific case for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is now overwhelming. The bigger question is how can they be managed more effectively? Fisheries scientists have long challenged the ‘sloppy thinking' behind Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). These are too often called for, they argue, ‘on the basis of close to zero evidence', by people whose real concern is not to conserve marine habitats but to ‘instil a sense of moral panic'. Read full story at the link below.


Webinar: Gender Mainstreaming Solutions for Protected Areas

10 February, 2017
PANORAMA WEBINARGender Mainstreaming Solutions for Protected Areas This PANORAMA webinar will showcase gender mainstreaming solutions for protected areas. These solutions demonstrate how women’s participation and inclusion in protected area management and governance contributes to biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and peace-building. Visit the link below for further details.


Job Opportunity: USP - Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Coral Reef Ecology

10 February, 2017
Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Coral Reef Ecology FACULTY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT School of Marine Studies - FMS073


World Wetlands Day 2017

06 February, 2017
World Wetlands Day 2 February 2017:  Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction Wetlands cover a range of ecosystem types such as lakes, rivers, floodplains and coastal mangroves and they provide a range of important services for both people and the environment. They act as natural safeguards against disasters, which makes them important for protecting communities most at risk and vulnerable to the devastating effects of floods, droughts and storm surges. Read full statement at link below.


Auckland Zoo - Small Grants Programme

06 February, 2017
just announced - south pacific small grants programme​ Auckland Zoo is pleased to announce that the next round of the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund's small grants programme will focus on projects from the South Pacific.  We're inviting applications for up to NZ$5000 for small projects (less than NZ$20,000 total cost) from Polynesia and Melanesia (excluding New Zealand) by 19 February 2017.​ For further details, visit the link below.
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Island Arks Symposium V - 2017

06 February, 2017
Island Arks Symposium V will be held in Fiji during October 23-27th 2017.


Large MPAs effectively protect reef shark populations

06 February, 2017
Researchers at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station investigated the role of expanded marine protected areas (MPAs) on grey reef sharks and found that the aquatic no-fishing zones were an effective tool for protecting this near-threatened species. Read more that the link below


Protected Areas As Tools For Disaster Risk Reduction. A Handbook For Practitioners

06 February, 2017
This handbook provides practical guidance on the effective use of protected areas as tools to reduce the likelihood and impacts of disasters. The main text is supplemented by case studies drawing on the experience of the Ministry of Environment in Japan, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners. It is aimed particularly at DRR specialists, and protected area system administrators and managers. Read more and download the publication at the link below.


Protecting MPAs

06 February, 2017
Unlike protected lands, marine protected areas can’t be staked with signposts – and without clear boundaries, mariners can easily drift into areas where they don’t belong. But there might be a technological fix for that dilemma. read full article at link below


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