PIPAP Weekly Newsletter 1-05-20

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01 May 2020

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Niue formalises one of largest marine reserves in world

Niue’s enormous marine reserve, the Moana Mahu Marine protected area has now been formalised. The 127,000 square kilometre zone constitutes 40 percent of Niue’s exclusive economic zone…The size of the zone, relative to the country’s total area, makes it the second…


New Zealand - Environment Court approves Motiti Protection Areas

The final decision on the proposed Motiti Protection Areas has been released by the Environment Court. he decision directs Bay of Plenty…

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Australia - If we can put a man on the Moon, we can save the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists recently confirmed the Great Barrier Reef suffered another serious bleaching event last summer - the third in five years…

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Pacific Framework For Nature Conservation And Protected Areas 2020-2025: Survey For Pacific Island Countries And Territories

You are invited to complete the survey questionnaire. This will assist the formulation of the first draft of the next Framework (for the period 2020-2025)…

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COVID-19 and its likely impact on the tuna industry in the Pacific Islands

The importance of tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) cannot be underestimated. Approximately 60 percent of the…

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Give a thought for the workers who put tuna on your plate

Meet Salim. He works on a purse-seiner flagged to a distant-water fishing nation operating in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean…

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Fiji govt announces oceans and climate change scholarships

Fiji’s government has announced 24 scholarships for Pacific students to pursue the advanced study of the oceans and climate change…

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IPBES Guest Article: COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must Save Lives, Protect Livelihoods, and Safeguard Nature to Reduce the Risk of Future Pandemics

There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic - us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics…

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‘We did it to ourselves’: scientist says intrusion into nature led to pandemic

The vast illegal wildlife trade and humanity’s excessive intrusion into nature is to blame for the coronavirus pandemic, according to a leading…

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Dominica determined to become world’s first climate-resilient nation

Resilience is a buzz word that permeates nearly every conference and conversation on climate change. Dominica, a Caribbean island of…

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The pandemic is a reason to preserve—not pollute—the planet

We’ve already seen the Trump Administration use COVID-19 as an excuse to stop enforcing environmental laws and there…

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Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world’s top scientists

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to be followed by even more deadly and destructive disease outbreaks unless their root cause – the rampant…

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What if Covid-19 isn’t our biggest threat?

When eventually the coronavirus crisis begins to recede and we return to an approximation of normality – no matter how socially distanced or how…

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Tales of love and loss: people from Oceania share their ‘extinction stories’

The first time poet Craig Santos Perez encountered a bird native to his homeland of Guam it was in a cage at San Diego zoo. Growing up on…

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How much space does nature need? 30 percent of the planet may not be enough

A global plan under negotiation envisions designating 30 percent of land and sea as protected by 2030 — and 50 percent by 2050 — in order…

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Short-term environment gains likely impermanent

In the weeks leading up to Earth Day 2020, clear blue skies broke out over famously smog-ridden cities like Beijing, Los Angeles, and Delhi…

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Only ‘A-list’ of coral reefs found to sustain ecosystems, livelihoods

Most of tropical reefs are no longer able to both sustain coral reef ecosystems and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them,…

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Island Responses Webinar Series - Islands and the COVID-19 Pandemic

We invite you to join our free webinar series on island strategies for the future. We know that the implications of COVID-19 will impact islands in…

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Microplastics disrupt hermit crabs’ ability to choose shell, study suggests

When it comes to moving home, hermit crabs are experts, often swapping shells for the optimal abode. But now researchers have found that…

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How to include human connection with nature in biodiversity goals

We need new ways of understanding how people depend on nature in our efforts to protect biodiversity. A new thesis from Lund University in…

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Silence is golden for whales as lockdown reduces ocean noise

In cities, human lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic have offered some respite to the natural world, with clear skies and the return of wildlife…

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New species of turtle discovered

Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientist Uwe Fritz described a new species of mata mata turtle based on genetic analyses…

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Tired of ‘writing obituaries for coral reefs,’ surfing scientists find new ways to save them

Grim reports and unsettling headlines paint a bleak future for Earth’s coral reefs, which are projected to be wiped out by the end of the century due to…

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Warming climate undoes decades of knowledge of marine protected areas

Climate change and warming seas are transforming tropical coral reefs and undoing decades of knowledge about how to protect these delicate and…

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Mitigating biodiversity impacts of sports events

These guidelines focus on the often complex links between biodiversity and sport, and highlight that sports events can also benefit biodiversity…

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Long-term consequences of coastal development as bad as an oil spill on coral reefs

The near-shore habitats of Bahia Las Minas in the central Caribbean coast of Panama became heavily contaminated after a refinery…

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Simulated deep-sea mining affects ecosystem functions at the seafloor

The environmental impact of deep-sea mining is only partially known. Also, there is a lack of standards to regulate mining and set binding thresholds…

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Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030

New research finds 147 million will be hit by floods by the end of the decade – ‘the numbers will be catastrophic’…The number of…

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GEF-7 Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI) - Call for Expressions of Interest to IPLC organizations to propose field-based sub-projects.

The GEF-7 Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI) aims to support indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in their…

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UN CC: e-Learn Open Online Course on Gender and Environment

The course will help you better understand the linkages between gender and the environment. It will provide you with the knowledge and…

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Professional Certificate in Strategic Climate Change Adaptation

This course will provide those involved in planning for climate change adaptation with a clear understanding of the threats posed by a…

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Study Opportunity - Marine Turtles And Sharks

The University of Hawaii Hilo, is offering summer courses on marine turtles and sharks and marine conservation from 22 June to 31 July, 2020…

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Monitoring And Evaluation Specialist, Pacific Ocean Litter Project

This job exists to operationalise the Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Learning Plan. Lead the implementation of monitoring…

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Senior Project Officer – Pacific Ocean Litter Project

This job exists to provide financial and procurement services and support as part of the Pacific Ocean Litter Project team; Assist with the management…

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Request For Tenders: READVERTISEMENT - Upgrade Of The Regional Turtle Reseach And Monitoring Database System (TREDS)

SPREP is seeking the assistance of a short-term consultant to develop a Drupal 8 information system based on the TREDS systems specification…

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Communications And Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Pacific Ocean Litter Project

This job exists to develop and deliver project visibility for the Pacific Ocean Litter Project Successfully develop and implement a regional…

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REQUEST FOR QUOTES (RFQ): Protected Areas Management Policy Adviser

The Cook Islands National Environment Service (NES) is seeking a Protected Areas Management Policy Adviser to assist with…

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