PIPAP Weekly Newsletter 22-05-20

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22 May 2020

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Happy International Day For Biological Diversity!

Our Solutions are in Nature’ is the theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity observed annually on 22 May. Nature-based solutions can support climate change adaptation, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods,…


American Samoa - Climate change threatens Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

One of the biggest impacts of climate change will be on islands and coastal regions. That includes Rose Atoll Marine National Monument,…

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Fiji - Fiji govt continues fish ban

Fiji’s government says the seasonal ban on the harvest, sale and consumption of Grouper and Coral Trout fish, (Kawakawa and Donu),…

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Samoa - Samoan Court releases Man on charges related to sea cucumbers

The District Court in Samoa has released on bail a Chinese man facing one charge of bribing a custom’s officer with intent to export a…

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New Zealand - Coal mine defends plan to expand as environmental groups raise concerns

Coal miner Bathurst Resources is defending its plans to expand its Canterbury Coal Mine into another 18 hectares of forest, farms, and wetland.

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Tonga - Tonga’s declaration of no-fishing areas boosts coral reef recovery

The results have been confirmed by the special Management Area Report 2020 that was compiled by the Ministry of Fisheries in partnership…

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Guam - UOG secures $20M to expand coral research

The University of Guam has been awarded $20 million to expand its research capabilities on coral reef survival in rapidly changing…

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Papua New Guinea - Researchers complete the first survey of Ants In Bougainville

In April 2019, researchers and members of local communities from around Bougainville completed the first survey on ants on Bougainville…

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Australia - Changes to protected areas deliver for Traditional Owners and community

The Palaszczuk Government is demonstrating its commitment to extending joint management opportunities with Traditional…

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China to present more than half a million tala to SPREP

The Government of China is handing over its annual contribution of US$200,000 (T$549,878) to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional…

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New Report Highlights Deep Sea Nodule Mining Danger to the Pacific Ocean and Island Nations

A new report analysing over 250 peer reviewed scientific articles finds that the impacts of mining deep sea polymetallic nodules would be…

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Asia-Pacific nations must ‘work together’ to save their ocean

Asia-Pacific region is one of the world’s most ethnically and culturally diverse regions. It is also one of its most biodiverse. Yet local marine…

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