PIPAP Weekly Newsletter 25-09-2020

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25 September 2020


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Marshall Islands - The climate crisis will sweep away my country if the world doesn’t keep its promises

My country joined the United Nations nearly 30 years ago, in September 1991. But unless my fellow member states take action, we may also be forced from it: the first country to see our land swept away by climate change.


Solomon Islands - Logging tropical forests jeopardizes fisheries important for food and livelihood

New findings uncovered by researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the University of Queensland (UQ)…

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Cook Islands - Operation Taramea seeking funds to save corals

The need to remove the crown of thorns starfish or taramea as soon as possible is crucial, says Kōrero o te 'Ōrau. The local non-government…

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Fiji - Fiji calls for international support for the ‘Global Fund for Coral Reefs’

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Satyendra Prasad joined UN leaders in calling for the generous support to…

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Samoa - Planting of 2000 native and coastal lowland forest trees

The Division of Environment and Conservation of MNRE completed planting of 2000 native coastal and lowland forest trees at the Vaitele…

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Palau - PICRC completed the follow-up assessment on Ngermedellim Marine Sanctuary

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) research team has completed a report titled, “2019 Assessment of Ngermedellim Marine…

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Vanuatu - Temporary ban on coconut crab harvesting

A nation-wide temporary ban has been imposed on coconut crab harvesting, to allow the Department of Fisheries (DoF) to address gaps in the…

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Northern Marianas - Plans for National Park on CNMI’s Rota hit opposition

A plan to include Rota historical and cultural sites in the US national park system has met opposition from residents of the southernmost island…

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Guam - Guam adopts 10-year action plan for sustainable future

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio have signed and adopted the Guam Green Growth (G3) Action Framework, a 10-year action…

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New Zealand - Green Party wants to protect 30 percent of NZ oceans

The Green Party wants at least 30 percent of New Zealand’s oceans to be protected by 2030. It also wants a 10 year moratorium on all forms of…

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Australia - Almost 500 pilot whales stranded in Australia

Australian rescuers desperately working to save a pod of almost 300 beached pilot whales discovered hundreds more on Wednesday,…

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Pacific seeks changes to law of the sea

The Pacific Islands Forum is calling for changes to the law governing the region’s maritime boundaries. A Regional Conference on Securing…

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Impact Investing in the Pacific Blue Economy

As COVID-19 continues to send shockwaves through the global economy, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in collaboration with…

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Pacific Island Efforts Noted In Fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook

The Pacific islands region was highlighted for its’ management of invasive species, in the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook launched by the…

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COVID-19 related Challenges for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Region

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Programme (BIOPAMA) is conducting a global review of the impacts of COVID-19 on area based…

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The world has missed key biodiversity goals – but these 8 changes could make all the difference

A major UN report says decade-long targets to improve global diversity are being missed. While investment in conservation has doubled since…

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Massive Chinese Fishing Fleet Leaves Area Near the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador’s navy said on Tuesday that Chinese fishing vessels have gradually left the area near the Galapagos Islands and are now…

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Islands Of Nature – Biodiversity Needs The Voices And Actions Of Indigenous Peoples

Without immediate action we face catastrophic loss of nature and biodiversity and increasing risks of pandemics as a result, as…

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GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World - One Health

Contribute to shaping the agenda for the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and the upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. With…

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Nearly 9 in 10 People Globally Want a More Sustainable and Equitable World Post COVID-19

In a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey of more than 21,000 adults from 28 countries nearly nine in ten say they are ready for their life…

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Could Marine Mammals Contract COVID-19?

Some marine mammals carry gene mutations that could make them more susceptible than humans to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus at the heart…

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Ocean acidification puts deep-sea coral reefs at risk of collapse

The underlying structures of the reefs, which are home to a multitude of aquatic life, could fracture as a result of increasing ocean acidity caused…

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Mapping the 1.6 billion people who live near forests

Global maps of places where people and forests co-exist show that an estimated 1.6 billion people live within 5 kilometers of a forest…

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Less than half of world’s humid tropical forests have high ecological integrity: Study

Over 93% of the Earth’s best-quality and least-disturbed tropical forests have no legal protection from destruction, according to a study…

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Hawaiian reefs lost almost half their fish to pollution and fishing

A new study has found a 45% decline in the biomass of important fish species in West Hawai‘i’s reefs across a 10-year period…The study will…

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Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds

Melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will cause sea level rises of about two and a half metres around the world, even if the goals of the Paris agreement are…

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The circular economy could save our broken water system

Society is consuming water at an ever-increasing rate while water pollution and global warming continue to limit the availability of water, a cluster of…

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New tool alerts ships when whales are near. But will they slow down?

In 2018 and 2019 there were a record 27 documented whale-ship collisions off the coast of California, although the actual number is likely to be much…

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Nature conservation and tourism can coexist despite conflicts

The concept of sustainable nature tourism plays a key role in mediating conflicts between tourism and nature conservation, a new study from the…

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Call for DAAD Scholarship applications for Admission 2021 - MSc in Tropical Forestry

You are invited to attend the 2021 MSc Course in Tropical Forestry. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden…

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Global Fund for Coral Reefs – Request for Information

Conceptualized in 2020, the Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR, or the “Fund”) is a blended finance vehicle that seeks to invest $500 million…

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BIOPAMA Rapid Response Grants 2020

On 2 June 2020 the BIOPAMA Action Component launched the call for proposals for Rapid Response Grants. The Rapid Response Grants are…

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BID call for proposals: Pacific 2020

GBIF invites the submission of concept notes for project funding from the Pacific through Biodiversity Information for Development (BID)…

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Professional Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction, November 2020

This course will provide those involved in disaster risk reduction with a clear understanding of the challenging dynamics of designing policies…

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