by Lance Laack.
reefs are home to over 40,000 species of fish.
will feature in the ICRI-sponsored event on Coral Reefs at the Marine
Pavilion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain
on Wednesday, 8th October from 8:00 pm to 9:30
draft agenda of Celebrating International
Year of the Reef 2008
the latest news on the World Conservation
Vila East School in Vanuatu won first prize in the poster category of
the 'Legends of the Reef' competition with this entry. See our news
page for news of other winners.
Matavera Stars, winners of the string band competition at Environment
Week celebrations in Cook Islands. Groups composed and performed songs
highlighting links between climate change and coral reefs.
Photo by Cook Islands National Environment Service.
2008 Pacific Year of the Reef (PYOR) campaign is a regional initiative
to incite action to save the Pacific's coral reefs.
goal of the PYOR campaign is to encourage Pacific islanders to
take action to reverse the current degradation of their coral reefs
and build their resilience to natural stresses such as climate change.
The campaign is part of the International Year of the Reef that aims
to raise awareness of the value and importance of coral reefs and threats
to their sustainability, and to motivate people to take action to protect
them. Coral reefs play critical roles as providers of Pacific islanders'
livelihoods and cultures and protectors of our islands. Their conservation
is key to the sustainable development of our region.
2 of ‘challengecoralreef’ competition closes
studies course for secondary schools begins in Fiji
count by the Australian Underwater Federation begins in Melbourne
th SPREP Meeting side event on PYOR08 (8-12)
rd Steering Committee Meeting of the Pacific partnership on
Sustainable Water Management in Samoa (10)
World Water Monitoring Day (18 September)
Monitoring Session in Kosrae , Federated States of Micronesia
of 'challengecoralreef' competition winner
World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, Spain (5-14)
Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai'i lecture series on marine
debris impacts on marine life (9, 16, 23, & 30/10)
the Right Route ’ in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Pacific Marine Educators' Network Conference, Townsville, Australia
Youth Coastal Conference, Townsville, Australia (19-22)
Douglas IYOR Festival in Australia features underwater films,
beach clean ups, educational fair, and futures forum (24-25/10)
‘Ridge 2 Reef Scavenger Hunt’ in Saipan, Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands (25/10)
Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention, Changwon,
Republic of Korea (28/10-04/11)
fourth issue of the PYOR newsletter is now available
Youth groups in Phase 2 of our 'challengecoralreef' competition
Primary School, Fiji
Junior Secondary School, Kiribati
du Lycee du Grand Noumea , New Caledonia
Secondary School, Samoa