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New toolkit for site managers available on the Ramsar website

06 April, 2018
The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to inform about a new toolkit for site managers available on the Ramsar website. This toolkit was designed to provide simple guidance to site managers on the key steps and components involved in managing a Ramsar Site.  Click on the link below for further details.


The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

06 April, 2018
The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity honors Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It aims to encourage positive action for biodiversity and inspire others by showcasing the notable work of those whom it honors. Click on the link below for further details.


Midway: Edge of Tomorrow

06 April, 2018
Filmmaker Ian Shive talks about his new Midway Atoll documentary, “Midway: Edge of Tomorrow” Click on the link below to read the full story.


Fiji - Billions lost in our oceans

06 April, 2018
Fiji is set to lose $2.4 billion per annum from 2050 onwards as a result of our depleting marine ecosystem. Click on the link below to read the full story. 


New 'green list' highlights the positives in nature conservation

06 April, 2018
...a new list being developed by the IUCN aims to highlight positive steps being taken around the world to protect nature. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Free Webinar: PANORAMA webinar: Solutions from natural World Heritage sites

06 April, 2018
IUCN will mark World Heritage Day with a PANORAMA webinar focussing on nature’s iconic treasures. Natural World Heritage sites are internationally recognised as the planet’s most significant protected areas, yet they face increasing threats, as shown by the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2 launched recently.  Click on the link below for more details


Australia opens vast swaths of famed marine parks to fishing

06 April, 2018
...the government last week approved five long-awaited management plans covering 44 parks. The new plans open an area almost the size of Japan to commercial and recreational fishing...  Click on the link below to read the full story. 


Fiji - Nature's defence

06 April, 2018
Man-made sea walls are not the best form of coastal protection and local conservation organisations have asked that people use mangroves to protect their shoreline. Click on the link below to read the full story.


New Zealand - Maha Fier's big ocean adventure

06 April, 2018
Paraparaumu College student Maha Fier has been on two trips of a lifetime in one year. After going to Lesotho, South Africa, with the Paraparaumu College World Challenge trip over the summer holidays, Maha has recently returned from a two-week expedition to the Kermadec Islands with the Sir Peter Blake Trust. Click on the link below ot read the full story. 


Samoa - A day to celebrate water and forests

29 March, 2018
World Water and Forests Day was celebrated in Samoa on Tuesday. The two-day event, themed “Water & Forest Resources for Sustainable Urban Development”, was held at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Convention Centre. Click on the link below to read the full story.  


Balancing conservation and social equity

29 March, 2018
Researchers with the EU-funded TRECKQUITY project have developed a new approach for tracking the achievement of multidimensional social equity in the world’s protected areas. Click on the link below to read the full article.


SCB Announces Call for Applications for Graduate Student Research Fellowship Awards

29 March, 2018
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) formally announces the call for applications for the SCB Graduate Student Research Fellowship Awards (GSRF).  Click on the link below for further details.  


Fish stocks in Asia-Pacific to be over by 2048

29 March, 2018
By 2048, the Asia-Pacific region may not have any fish stocks left. The region risks losing 45 per cent of its biodiversity and 90 per cent of coral reef, says a report released at the sixth plenary session of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Medellin, Colombia. Click on the link below to read the full story. 


Australia - Bungle at Barnaby Joyce's pet agency prolongs rat infestation on Lord Howe Island

29 March, 2018
With its white sands, clear waters and jutting mountains, Lord Howe Island is a slice of world heritage-listed paradise in the Pacific Ocean. There's just one problem - it is besieged by rats. Click on the link below to read the full story. 


Fiji - Protect our mangroves

29 March, 2018
The global theme for Earth Hour is Biodiversity...WWF-Pacific is focusing on Mangroves for Earth Hour 2018. Mangroves are culturally and economically important to coastal communities in Fiji. Click on the link below to read the full story. 


Human quality of life threatened by 'alarming' decline in biodiversity

29 March, 2018
Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a UN-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday. Click on the link below to read the full story. 


The Trash Patch In The Pacific Is Many Times Bigger Than We Thought

29 March, 2018
...new research has found that there is many times more garbage in this patch than previously thought – 4 to 16 times more than past estimates,  Click on the link below to read the full story.


Shark Sanctuaries Play Important Role In Conservation Of Threatened Shark Species

29 March, 2018
Samoa recently became the world's 17th shark sanctuary, joining other countries in the effort to preserve threatened shark species within their waters. Click on the link below to read the full story. 


Invitation to Apply for 2018 Travel Award

29 March, 2018
We are inviting applications for a Travel Award for PhD Students and postdoctoral trainees to attend a scientific meeting with relevance to fishes’ and aquatic organisms’ research of their choice in 2018-2019. The applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee presided by the Prof. Dr. María Ángeles Esteban (Editor-in-Chief of Fishes) and Prof. Dr. Helmut Segner (Associated Editor-in Chief of Fishes). Candidates’ Requirements:


Notes from the field: the value of observational data and natural history

23 March, 2018
The Pacific Conservation Biology Journal has introduced a new type of article called “Field Notes”. A Field Notes submission will revolve around a single high quality image of a species, observation, phenomena, or event that is of scientific interest and falls within the journal’s scope – conservation biology. Click on the link below for more details.


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