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Whales important for growing industry Whales important for growing industry By Iliesa Tora, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC).NUKU'ALOFA (Environment): Whale watching is a growing industry t... More detail
Whale sanctuary opens up tourism opportunity for Tokelau Whale sanctuary opens up tourism opportunity for Tokelau By Tupou Taumoepeau for the Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference6 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - "There is a potential market for Whale watching in Tokelau with good regional models to support the ... More detail
11 SPREP members sign on to Pacific Whale Declaration 11 SPREP members sign on to Pacific Whale Declaration 6 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - The Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference closed on a high note today with 11 countries signing on to the Pacific Islands Year of the Whale Declaration.The declarati... More detail
Founder of Oma Tafua drives whale conservation in Niue Founder of Oma Tafua drives whale conservation in Niue By Tupou Taumoepeau for the Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference6 April 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - The stories of whale conservation from a Pacific island woman have been carried from the waters of Ni... More detail
Whale Poo and Climate Change on the agenda at Pacific whale ... Whale Poo and Climate Change on the agenda at Pacific whale conference 5 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - What do whale excrement and climate change have in common? More than you may think, according to a special report on Climate Change and Whales that was presented bef... More detail
Art exhibition relays messages on Whales protection Art exhibition relays messages on Whales protection By Iliesa Tora, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC).NUKU'ALOFA (MEIDECC): Art can be a great tool to pass on the mes... More detail
Sea and whales are Lahaina's best friends Sea and whales are Lahaina's best friends By Iliesa Tora, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC).NUKU'ALOFA (MEIDECC): She fought her biggest fear, the sea, and ... More detail
New Zealand announces funding to support whale research in N... New Zealand announces funding to support whale research in Niue By Tupou Taumoepeau for the Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference5 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - Research to further help unlock the secrets of the Oceania Humpback Whale in Niue will take place wi... More detail
Protecting Ocean Giants in the Cook Islands Protecting Ocean Giants in the Cook Islands "We recognise the value and importance that whales play in our oceans, environment, economy and more importantly, our culture." – Hon Kiriau Turepu, Minister of Environment, Cook Islands4 April, 201... More detail
Pacific leadership shines on whale conservation Pacific leadership shines on whale conservation "By looking after our oceans to protect our whales, we also look after ourselves and future generations of both whales and people," – Mr Kosi Latu Director General, SPREP4 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, T... More detail
Tonga reaffirms commitment to protect whales Tonga reaffirms commitment to protect whales By Iliesa Tora, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC).NUKU'ALOFA (MEIDECC): The Government of Tonga has reaffirmed its... More detail
Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference opens in Tonga Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference opens in Tonga By Tupou Taumoepeau for the Whales in a Changing Ocean ConferenceNuku'alofa, Tonga, 4 April, 2017 - Marking a new approach to whale conservation in the Pacific Region, the Whales in a Changing Ocean c... More detail
“Knowledge is power” - SPREP and UN Environment partners... “Knowledge is power” - SPREP and UN Environment partnership launch website and factsheets in the lead up to the UN Ocean Conference The Pacific islands will play a crucial role as the Call for Action Declaration comes into being at the UN Ocean Conference in June this year. Home to over 10 per cent of the planet's oceans, the Paci... More detail
International Women's Day 2017: Be Bold For Change! Protecti... International Women's Day 2017: Be Bold For Change! Protecting our Ocean and Biodiversity By Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of the Climate Change Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Dr Pelesikoti is the first Pacific Island Woman Lead Author for an... More detail
Protecting Pacific Whales through Art - exhibition opens in ... Protecting Pacific Whales through Art - exhibition opens in Noumea The "Des baleines et des hommes pour la protection des océans" art exhibition opened this week at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia. The exhibition showcases art works by 11 Pacifi... More detail
Samoa takes steps to improve data and information on its Pro... Samoa takes steps to improve data and information on its Protected Areas Samoa has been at the forefront of efforts to protect its unique biodiversity and ecosystems. It is home to O le Pupu Pu'e National Park, established in 1978, the first national park declared in the S... More detail
Tonga to host major international whale conservation confere... Tonga to host major international whale conservation conference Whales in a Changing Ocean, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 4 - 6 April 2017Whales in a Changing Ocean is a new approach to whale conservation. The three-day event will focus on emerging threats to Pacific whales ... More detail
Pacific-UK marine science partnership to promote environment... Pacific-UK marine science partnership to promote environmental research and collaboration Pacific-UK marine science collaboration has been further strengthened with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPR... More detail
SPREP strengthens partnership with the Global Island Partner... SPREP strengthens partnership with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) 2017 began in the spirit of partnership for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), officially becoming a Friend of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). Working to... More detail
EBSA, on the agenda at the global biodiversity conference EBSA, on the agenda at the global biodiversity conference 15 December 2016, CBD COP13, Cancun Mexico - There's a buzz-acronym at the global biodiversity talks that is heard often, it helps the 198 Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity meet their obligati... More detail
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