What are your activities for the Pacific Year of the Coral Reefs?


#1

Please send through your activities that have/will commemorate the efforts made towards healthy Pacific coral reefs.

In your response below, please indicate the organisation and country in which you represent, when the activity will/has taken place and a link or a summary about the activity.


#2

American Samoa
Pago Pago
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force
13-16 August 2018
Natural Infrastructure: Building Capacity and Disaster Preparedness

Update
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s 40th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting welcome letter highlighted the International Year of the Reef.


#3

Wallis et Futuna
Vaitupu
Blue Belt Project
September 2018
Vaitupu Mangrove Trail Unveiling
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/best/projects/current/pacific_en.htm
https://goo.gl/maps/tVjPqV9epxN2

**More information will be confirmed at a later date, stay tuned. Please contact Dominic Sadler, Blue Belt Project Coordinator at [email protected]

Global
Bangkok, Thailand
Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network
17-18 September 2018
Second Meeting of the Working Group on Strengtheing the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network
The meeting will prepare the final Implementation and Governance Plan and recommendations to table at the ICRI General Meeting in December 2018.

Tokelau
New Zealand Post
5 September 2018
Tokelau From the Sky Collectible Stamps


#4

New Caledonia
Noumea
Parc Naturel de la mer de Corail
14 August 2018
Adoption of three decrees relating to the protection and development
of the Natural Park of the Coral Sea
https://mer-de-corail.gouv.nc/sites/default/files/atoms/files/180814_kp_approval_of_decrees_of_the_pnmc.pdf

Guam
Hagåtña

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#5

Wallis and Futuna, Service de l’Environnement -
Summary about the activity from IYOR website:

A joint venture was established by the Territorial Service of Youth and Sports in Wallis and Futuna, in partnership with the ‘Children of the lagoon’ organisation established by Pascal Nicomette and the Territorial Service of the Environment in Wallis and Futuna, with the aim to raise awareness and reinforce school children’s knowledge of reef conservation issues.

Wallis and Futuna, officially the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands is a French island collectivity in the South Pacific between Tuvalu to the northwest, Fiji to the southwest, Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, and Tokelau to the northeast.The coral and volcanic islets of Wallis are a refuge for nesting seabird colonies (noddies, sterns and brown boobies). Its seabed is also rich with diverse fish fauna featuring 648 coastal fish species from 79 families (Williams et al., 2006). The lagoon and its associated ecosystems (shoreline, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps) do, therefore, raise major biodiversity challenges (Egretaud et al., 2007).

This is the first year of the project and it involved three classes from three pilot schools in Wallis (Vaitupu, Tepa, Liku).

The students were given the opportunity to participate in:

– Marine biology courses for pupils of CM2, in their respective schools, taught by the teachers of the Reef Check Association.
– Swimming lessons, with snorkelling equipment,
– The creation of 3 mini marine biotope control stations according to the REEF CHECK method. Each station will have a length of 20 meters on which will be counted and noted fish, invertebrates and substrate. In the continuity of the project, these stations will be followed every year and will allow the students to check the evolution of the state of the stations.

Due to the success of this venture in 2019, the project will be extended to all CM2 classes in Wallis and Futuna. This would involve about 205 students for Wallis and about 56 students for Futuna, giving a total of 261 students.

This project was made possible thanks to the financial contribution of IFRECOR (French Initiative for Coral Reefs), notably through the financing of a part of the missing diving equipment and teaching material.