PIPAP Weekly Newsletter 11-12-2020

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11 December 2020


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It might be the world’s biggest ocean, but the mighty Pacific is in peril

…the Pacific Ocean’s delicate ecology is under threat. In most cases, human activity is to blame. We have systematically pillaged the Pacific of fish. We have used it as a rubbish tip – garbage has been found even in the deepest point on Earth, in the Mariana Trench 11,000 metres below sea level.


Papua New Guinea - Message in a bottle found on one of PNG’s most far-flung islands sparks an unlikely friendship

A conservation worker on one of Papua New Guinea’s most far-flung islands and a teenager from the United States have struck an unlikely…

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Marshall Islands - This Pacific Island Is Both Sinking and Growing

Across the globe, sea level rise is threatening island communities. But in the Pacific Ocean, some atolls are actually expanding over time…

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Kiribati - EU lifts Kiribati’s fisheries yellow card

Kiribati has had its official warning for failing to effectively tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing rescinded by the European…

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Vanuatu - Regenerative Agriculture supporting Environmental Recovery and Protection in Western Santo

As one of the most remote and underserved areas of the country, the Western Coast of Santo houses over 40 villages and a population of…

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Solomon Islands - Logger fined $50k for harvesting tubi

The director of a logging company, Sunrise Investment Limited had been fined $50,000 to the state on Wednesday for harvesting Tubi trees…

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Cook Islands - Government’s ecological report challenged

Community water lobby group Te Vai Ora Maori is questioning key findings from a government funded ecological report after a six-day field study was…

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Palau - EQPB updates environmental regulations for development projects

The Environmental Quality Protection Board (EQPB) has updated its Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

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New Caledonia - New Caledonia’s triple opportunity

The immediate dispute was over which consortium could bid for the Goro nickel smelter and the other assets of Vale Nouvelle-Calédonie…

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New Zealand - The story of New Zealand’s earliest conservation efforts

On Pigeon Island, in the shadow of the mighty bulk of Resolution Island in Fiordland’s Tamatea/Dusky Sound, there’s a poignant ruin. A few…

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Australia - The Blue Mountains World Heritage site has been downgraded, but it’s not too late to save it

Twenty years ago, UNESCO inscribed the greater Blue Mountains area on the World Heritage List for having “outstanding universal value”…

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Plea for Pacific tuna regulator to call emergency session

There’s a call for a Pacific tuna management agency to call an emergency meeting after it failed to agree on regulations for the coming…

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Marine Turtle Extinction Risk Assessment To Support Decision Making In Turtle Conservation

To better understand the status of marine turtles in the Pacific islands region, an assessment of their extinction risk in the region was…

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Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestlé named top plastic polluters for third year in a row

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé have been accused of “zero progress” on reducing plastic waste, after being named the world’s top plastic polluters

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What will 2021 bring in the world of Conservation?

If it did nothing else, the emergence of Covid-19 a year ago underscored for all of us the importance of anticipating and preparing for things that might…

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Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?

Pollution, plastics and unsustainable seafood may look like isolated problems, but they influence each other. As nutrients run off farmland…

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4 vital steps to protect the world’s remaining rainforests

Rainforests are disappearing at alarming rates. Since the 1960s, nearly half of the world’s rainforests have been destroyed. What once…

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Hawaii Fishing Fleet Is Changing Gear To Help Protect Endangered Sharks

The Hawaii Longline Association announced this week it’s making key changes to its fleet’s fishing equipment to help the imperiled oceanic whitetip.

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US plans to protect thousands of miles of coral reefs in Pacific and Caribbean

In a long-awaited move from the Trump administration, the US has proposed critical habitat protections for twelve coral species in the Caribbean…

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UNCCD 2021 Land for Life Award - Nominations open

The Land for Life Award is designed to reward impactful holistic approaches and practices that address the ecological and the social aspects of…

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