PIPAP Weekly Newsletter 31-07-2020

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31 July 2020

Weekly News and Related Items

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Kiribati - Perspective: The Phoenix Islands Protected Area: The Greatest Ocean Conservation Story Ever Told

On 11 December 2018, Kiribati made history by being the first country in the world to have its domestic marine conservation initiative – the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) – recognized by the United Nations General Assembly…


Papua New Guinea - Nature Park Enhances COVID-19 Protective Measures

Due to recent Covid-19 orders released by the national Control Centre, the Port Moresby Nature Park has put in extra precautionary…

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Palau - Study shows Palau is one of nations with high reef shark population

Palau is one of the countries worldwide with an abundant number of reef sharks, according to recent research of 381 reefs in 58 nations…

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Cook Islands - Invasive predator must be eradicated

Environment group Kōrero o te 'Ōrau is calling for the removal of the crown of thorns starfish from reefs around Rarotonga. It could be an early…

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Tonga - Giant Tongan fruit-gulping pigeon eaten into extinction

A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the line-up of giant island pigeons hunted to extinction.Fossils found in a…

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Solomon Islands - Russell fishing communities solidify management set-up

The Russell Islands Fisheries Association (RIFA) in the Central Islands Province of Solomon Islands is officially launched, following the…

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Samoa - Protect Samoa’s natural resources: conservationist

The destruction of ecosystems through human practices such as deforestation is a factor behind the creation of the COVID-19 global…

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Australia - Australia’s water market is excluding Indigenous people, study finds

Aboriginal people hold less than 1% of all water licences in Australia, a form of economic and cultural dispossession that needs urgent…

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New Zealand - Sealord ordered to forfeit $24 million vessel for bottom trawling in protected area

Sealord has today been ordered to forfeit a $24 million fishing vessel for bottom trawling in a protected area. The company was also ordered to…

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10th Pacific Islands Conference Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

SPREP, PIRT and New Caledonia, event organizers for the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas…

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Transhipment monitoring breakthrough for fishing industry

A new transhipment monitoring portal is being touted by its developers as a major advancement in the global fishing industry.Transhipping is when…

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New reports detail threat to Pacific tuna observers, including from COVID-19

The non-governmental organization Human Rights At Sea earlier this month published a report with numerous recommendations to…

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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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Migratory freshwater fish in peril as report shows population plunge

A new report finds that migratory freshwater fish species have declined on a global scale by 76% since 1970, with the highest drops experienced…

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Tech knowhow gives new lease of life to marine habitats

As global awareness of the importance of marine ecosystems grows, efforts are under way to protect, restore and nurture the reefs…

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Funding MPAs by selling blue carbon credits: Practitioners from the first projects describe their experience so far

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, MPAs face a challenging financial future. Tighter MPA budgets are likely as…

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DLNR opposes regional fishery council’s request to allow commercial fishing in Papahanaumokuakea

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has sent a letter to President Donald Trump opposing a request by a regional fishery council…

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Alarm over discovery of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels near Galápagos Islands

Ecuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels some 200 miles from the Galápagos…

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Does coconut oil really threaten more species than palm oil? No, it doesn’t. (commentary)

A brief study recently published by the journal Current Biology examines the environmental impact of different oil crops like oil palm and coconut by…

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Covid-19: Infectious coronaviruses ‘circulating in bats for decades’

Coronaviruses capable of infecting humans may have been circulating undetected in bats for decades. Research suggests one of the…

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Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?

Forests are thought to be crucial in the fight against climate change—and with good reason. We’ve known for a long time that the extra CO₂ humans are…

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AI model developed to identify individual birds without tagging

For even the most sharp-eyed of ornithologists, one great tit can look much like another. But now researchers have built the first…

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Plastic waste entering oceans expected to triple in 20 years

Plastic waste flowing into the oceans is expected to nearly triple in volume in the next 20 years, while efforts to stem the tide have so far made…

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BMWHI/PALRC Online training course on Adaptive Management for Conservation

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute (BMWHI), in partnership with PALRC, is running an online training program over 10 half days from…

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PhD Scholarship - Climate Change Impact on the Spread of Invasive Weeds

The PhD candidate will work alongside the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), as well as national governments and…

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PhD Scholarship - Understanding the Human-Invasive Species Relationships for Climate Resilient Communities

The PhD candidate will work alongside the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), as well as the national governments…

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CBD Bio-Bridge Initiative - Criteria and Procedure for Bio-Bridge Initiative Projects

As part of its mandate to catalyse and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation, the Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI) currently provides seed…

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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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Second call for application - Pacific Fund 2020

A second call for application of the 2020 Pacific Fund is now open until 6 September 2020. To be selected, projects will need to contribute to…

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Request For Tenders: READVERTISEMENT - Building Capacity Of Fiji To Address Regulatory And Legal Obligations Relating To CITES With Respect To Some Appendix II Listed Coral, Live Rock And Giant Clam Species.

SPREP would like to call for tenders from qualified and experienced consultants (individuals or teams) to lead the preparation of a number of…

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PacWaste Plus Regional Project Officer (PWPRPO) – Republic Of The Marshall Islands (Re-Advertisement)

RMI Nationals & Permanent Residents Only. This job exists to provide advice to the PacWaste Project Management Unit and participating Countries…

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Request For Tenders: Review Of Existing National Invasive Species Strategy And Action Plans (NISSAP) For Tonga, Marshall Islands And Niue And Development Of A New NISSAP For Each Country. Development Of A New NISSAP For Tuvalu

SPREP would like to call for tenders from qualified and experienced invasive species/biodiversity consultants who can offer their…

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Request for Proposals (RfP) Preparation of GCF Full Proposal Documents for the Melanesia-Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Resilience Programme

IUCN invites you to submit a Proposal for the Preparation of GCF Full Proposal Documents for the Melanesia Coastal and Marine…

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