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‘Blue Days' Conference Develops Plan to Strengthen Pacific Marine Ecotourism [viewed]

SPREP19 June 2015: Participants agreed on a plan of action to strengthen tourism in the Pacific region at a marine-based ecotourism conference. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is expected to discuss the project and its framework at its annual meeting in September 2015.

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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First Meeting of Pacific Ocean Alliance Calls to Replace “Patchwork Quilt” with Holistic Governance Regime [viewed]

PIFS27 May 2015: The Pacific Ocean Alliance held its inaugural meeting and discussed the priorities of Pacific Island countries in relation to resources found in areas beyond national jurisdiction, for example, tuna and deep-sea ecosystems. The meeting concluded with an affirmation to maintain the focus on proclaiming the maritime boundaries of Pacific Island nations, to ensure that they benefit from the sustainable use, management and conservation of ocean resources.

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Event: Oceania Regional Conservation Forum [viewed]

The Oceania Regional Conservation Forum will provide a platform for members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific to share their experiences and best practices, and to make decisions on a joint programme of action to enhance the resilience of people and nature in the region. Participants will discuss how they can contribute to global and regional efforts to halt environmental decline and promote socio-economic well-being that supports cultural and biological diversity.This meeting is held every four years as the IUCN prepares for the World Conservation Congress. The World Conservation Congress will be held in 2016 in Hawaii, US.  

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Event: The Pacific Ocean Alliance: High Hopes for High Seas [viewed]

This meeting, hosted by the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, seeks to bring more than 100 participants together to share knowledge and take action on the sustainable development, management and conservation of the ocean and its resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction. In addition, the Pacific Ocean Alliance, an inclusive stakeholder partnership, will meet for the first time to discuss the Pacific Islands region's oceans priorities and interests as they relate to the high seas.  

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Marine Conservation Workshops Focus on IUU, EBSAs and Invasives [viewed]

cms_sprep_faoheadquartersMay 2015: Ecologically or biologically sensitive marine areas (EBSAs), seagrass conservation, invasive species, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing have been the focus of marine conservation initiatives and workshops held throughout April and May.

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SPREP, CSIRO Collaborate in Combating Marine Litter [viewed]

sprep_csiro8 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia have collaborated to better understand the impacts of marine plastic in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands.

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WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO13 April 2015: At its fifth meeting, held in Attard, Malta, from 24-26 March 2015, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) focused on ‘The Impact of Climate Change and Sustainable Development on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves.'

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US Department of Navy Announces Regional Biosecurity Plan [viewed]

university_guam_spc9 April 2015: The US Department of the Navy has announced the completion of the Regional Biosecurity Plan (RBP) for the Federated States of Micronesia and Hawaii, which is the first plan of its kind.

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