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Victory for Pacific Whales as the UK signs on to Pacific Wha... Victory for Pacific Whales as the UK signs on to Pacific Whale Declaration History was made at the Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wildlife (CMS COP12) in Manila, Philippines. For the first time since its establ... More detail
Samoa takes the floor at the CMS COP12 in the battle to prot... Samoa takes the floor at the CMS COP12 in the battle to protect the blue shark "The fishery for blue sharks has been estimated to remove 20 million animals every year, this may well be the single largest removal of a large wild vertebrate from the ecosystem in the world." – Ms... More detail
Samoa's proposal accepted by international conservation conv... Samoa's proposal accepted by international conservation convention 26 October, 2017, Manila, Philippines - The 12th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12) today accepted the proposal by Samoa and Sri Lanka to list the blue shark on C... More detail
Papua New Guinea, holding Observer status at the Convention ... Papua New Guinea, holding Observer status at the Convention on Migratory Species Conference in Manila "The biggest support that CMS did provide was in 2013, this was during the "Year of the Dugong" and this was the highlight of the CMS support. It made a positive impact by preventing the sale and cons... More detail
The voice of the Pacific islands at the CMS COP12 The voice of the Pacific islands at the CMS COP12 25 October 2017, Manila, Philippines - Four Pacific islands are a Party to the CMS, the global agreement that promotes international collaboration to conserve migratory species.The Cook Islands, Fiji,... More detail
Nature-based Solutions have a place in Climate Change and Di... Nature-based Solutions have a place in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in Pacific Island countries MEDIA RELEASE FROM FIJI MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HOUSING AND ENVIRONMENT.25 October 2017, Suva, Fiji - Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Environment, Mr. Joshua Wycliffe encouraged Pacific countries... More detail
France signs on to the Pacific Whale Declaration France signs on to the Pacific Whale Declaration 24 October 2017, Manila, Philippines - France has demonstrated its commitment towards the conservation of whales through the signing of the Pacific islands Year of the Whale Declaration during the Twe... More detail
Lists to protect migratory species: Pacific Conversations wi... Lists to protect migratory species: Pacific Conversations with SPREP Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Palau and Samoa are the Pacific countries attending the Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12) held from 23 to... More detail
Samoa and Sri Lanka call for international cooperation to pr... Samoa and Sri Lanka call for international cooperation to protect the blue shark 24 October, 2017, Manila, Philippines - Samoa and Sri Lanka have called upon 122 countries to unite in a show of international cooperation to protect the blue shark under the Convention on the Conserv... More detail
Marine debris, a threat to Pacific migratory species, on the... Marine debris, a threat to Pacific migratory species, on the global agenda 23 October 2017, Manila, Philippines - Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic and 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is dumped in the ocean. This was the reality placed before delegates of the ... More detail
Migratory species, worth the conservation efforts: Pacific C... Migratory species, worth the conservation efforts: Pacific Conversations with SPREP Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Palau and Samoa are the Pacific countries attending the Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12) held from 23 to... More detail
Pacific conservation of migratory species benefitting Pacifi... Pacific conservation of migratory species benefitting Pacific communities 22 October 2017, Manila, Philippines - "Their future is our future – sustainable development for wildlife and people" is at the heart of the Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Mi... More detail
The Pacific islands, part of the high level conversation on ... The Pacific islands, part of the high level conversation on the Convention of Migratory Species 22 October 2017, Philippines, Manila – The Pacific islands voice was heard amongst those of  ministers, ambassadors and heads of international organisations from across the world during a High ... More detail
Samoa and Sri Lanka step up to protect the Blue Shark at glo... Samoa and Sri Lanka step up to protect the Blue Shark at global migratory species conference 21 October 2017, Manila, Philippines - Approximately 20 million Blue Sharks are killed each year, propelling Samoa and Sri Lanka to jointly propose to place the species on a special global list asking... More detail
First ever nature pageant in Solomon Islands motivates young... First ever nature pageant in Solomon Islands motivates young ambassadors for the environment In contesting for Miss Nature at a first ever nature pageant in Honiara, Solomon Islands this month, seven high school students advocated for a pollution-free and sustainable Pacific environment."We n... More detail
Call to promote nature-based solutions widely in the region ... Call to promote nature-based solutions widely in the region as an option to tackle climate change Nature-based solutions ought to be promoted more widely in the Pacific region as a viable option to tackling climate change.This was a key message at a side event organised by the Pacific Ecosystem-ba... More detail
SPREP and the Ocean Foundation sign agreement at Our Ocean c... SPREP and the Ocean Foundation sign agreement at Our Ocean conference 2017 6 October, 2017, Malta - The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and The Ocean Foundation (TOF) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding to commit to co-host three workshops ... More detail
SPREP and MACBIO support spatial information training and Pr... SPREP and MACBIO support spatial information training and Protected Areas mapping for Samoa A training in real-world data collection using Global Positioning System (GPS) and data analysis using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) was completed last week for staff of the Samoa Ministry of... More detail
Coral Reef Futures for the Pacific Coral Reef Futures for the Pacific 21 September 2017, Apia, Samoa – In the light of the predicted adverse impacts of warming oceans on coral reefs, the long-term health of Pacific reefs depends on strong leadership and sound manageme... More detail
Benefits of Integrated Ocean Governance Highlighted By Tonga... Benefits of Integrated Ocean Governance Highlighted By Tonga, Kiribati and Fiji Fiji, Tonga and Kiribati shared their experiences on ocean governance processes during the Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Management (MACBIO) side event held at the 28th Secretariat of the Pacific Re... More detail
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