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Kingdom of Tonga - Special Management Area Report 2020

In 2016 a partnership was developed between the Tongan Ministry of Fisheries and James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Its aim was to implement the first stage of a Tongan national coral reef monitoring project, and to provide an overview of the current status of Tonga’s Special Management Area (SMA) program. Since 2002 the Ministry of Fisheries has been heavily focused on expanding the SMA program, and communities throughout Tonga have been enthusiastic about introducing local marine management. As a result of this momentum, the Ministry has focused primarily on implementation.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Melanesia

WCS “scientists study what wildlife species need to thrive.  With this knowledge we invest in abating threats to wildlife within their most important strongholds and the corridors that connect them.  We target, large, iconic, wide-ranging species because of their intrinsic value and because they are vital to ecosystem health.  By saving them, we protect all other biodiversity that shelters under their conservation canopy.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Melanesia

WCS “scientists study what wildlife species need to thrive.  With this knowledge we invest in abating threats to wildlife within their most important strongholds and the corridors that connect them.  We target, large, iconic, wide-ranging species because of their intrinsic value and because they are vital to ecosystem health.  By saving them, we protect all other biodiversity that shelters under their conservation canopy.

IUCN - Oceania

IUCN - Oceania

Oceania is geographically one of IUCN’s largest regional programmes, covering over 100 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. The region comprises Australia, New Zealand and the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories making up Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The total human population is estimated at approximately 35 million, of whom nearly two thirds are resident in Australia. 

Links - IUCN - Oceania