Summary of news and related items for this week - Nov 16 2018


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Please find below a summary of news and related items for this week:

SPREP-Tok Issue 49- October 2018

Here Is SPREP-Tok, Issue 49 Covering The Month Of October 2018…

Fiji - Launch Of MPA

Known For Its Vibrant Marine Ecosystem, The Naiqoro Passage In Kadavu Was Recently Gazetted

Fiji - New Species Of Swallowtail Butterfly Discovered In Fiji

A Spectacular New Butterfly Species Has Been Discovered On The Pacific Island Of Vanua Levu In Fiji…

Cook Islands - Govt’s Seabed Minerals Plan Meets Backlash

At A Public Consultation In Titikaveka Last Week, There Was Backlash To Government’s Plan To Issue Foreign Companies…

Vanuatu - Concern Over Illegal Logging In VATTHE Conservation Area

The Non-Government Organization, Campaign For Justice (C4J), Says It Is Deeply Concerned That Alleged Illegal Logging Operations In…

Federated States of Micronesia - Yap Resort Announces Shark Conservation Workshops

FSM Leaders In 2013 Enacted A Law That Protects Sharks, Whales And Dolphins, In Addition To…

Federated States of Micronesia - Replicating Kitti With Participatory 3D Model Map

This Participatory 3D Model (P3DM) Of Kitti Municipality On The Southwest Corner Of Pohnpei Provides A Clear Picture Of The Area From The Top Of The…

Papua New Guinea - PNG To Create 7,500 Square Kilometers Of New Marine Protected Areas In Bismarck Sea

Papua New Guinea Has Announced Its Commitment To Creating 7,500 Square Kilometers Of Marine Protected Areas In…

UK Marine Scientists Begin Work To Deliver Marine Litter Action In South Pacific

Marine Litter Scientists From The UK Kick-Off Work With Partners In The South Pacific This Week To…

Nearly Half Of Endangered Species’ Last Refuges Unprotected

The Alliance For Zero Extinction Has Mapped 1,483 Highly Threatened Species That Are Found Only At A Single Site. But This Major New Assessment…

Planning MPAs In An Era Of Warming Oceans: How Practitioners Are Preparing For Future Ecosystem Shifts

As The 2020 Deadline Grows Nearer For Nations To Set Aside 10% Of Waters In Well-Managed MPAs (Aichi Target 11), Planners Are Being Challenged To…

IUCN Report Showcases Replicable Building Blocks For Community Marine Conservation

A Case Study From West Papua, Indonesia, Reports That, Since MPA Establishment, The Average Increase In Live Coral Cover Is 12 Percent Across The…

Conservation Areas Help Birdlife Adapt To Climate Change

The Study Investigated Changes In The Abundance Of Bird Species Inside And Outside Conservation Areas Over Five Decades…

University Of The South Pacific (USP) - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Pacific Islands In A Changing Climate. November 19 2018 - January 25 2019

The MOOC On Pacific Islands In A Changing Climate Si An Update Of The UNESCO E-Learning Master Class Run At…

Designating Spatial Priorities For Marine Biodiversity Conservation In The Coral Triangle

This Assessment Provides A Blueprint For Efficient Gains In Marine Conservation Through The Extension Of The Current MPA System In The CT Region…

Do Non-Native Species Contribute To Biodiversity?

Here, I Argue That Biodiversity And Sustainability Indices Should Include All Species. This Is Not Only Consistent With Definitions Of…

On The Importance Of Monitoring And Valuing All Forms Of Biodiversity

Strangely, Biodiversity Indicators Used To Describe The State Of The Environment And Measure Progress Toward The Aichi Targets Consider Only Native…

Biodiversity Assessments: Origin Matters

We Strongly Disagree With The Approach Of Combining Counts Of Native And Non-Native Species Because This Will Reduce Our Capacity To Detect The…

Webinar: Sharpening Our Focus On MPAs For 2020 And Beyond

Event Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 1 Pm US EST/10 Am US PST/6 Pm UTC. Presented By…

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