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Pacific Biodiversity National Reports

File[Nature Conservation]Opening statement by SPREP Director, Mr David Sheppard to the Convention on Biological Diversity workshop on 4th National Reports held at the SPREP compound in Samoa from 19 to 20 April.

Welcome to this important workshop on preparing Fourth National Reports under the Convention on Biological Diversity. I hope you have all had a good trip here and are energized and ready for a busy week ahead.
Thank you Reverend for your inspiring words and for setting a positive and challenging tone for this workshop.

Thank you, Minister for honoring us with your presence today and for making time in your busy schedule to attend this Opening Ceremony. It is always a pleasure and an honor to share the stage with you. Each time you speak, I listen carefully, because I know I am going to lea ...(to be continued)

Pacific countries prepare to report on 2010 Biodiversity targets

File[Nature Conservation]11 Pacific island countries are to meet in Samoa next week for a workshop to assist them in completing their fourth National Reports to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

The CBD is an international treaty that sets out commitments for maintaining the worlds’ biological diversity. 14 Pacific islands countries are contracting parties to this convention, of which three have completed and officially submitted the necessary fourth National Reports; Niue, Samoa and Tuvalu.

These reports outline national progress towards meeting the commitments of the CBD and it is crucial that the outstanding Pacific island fourth National Reports are completed within the next couple of months, in anticipation of the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the CBD in Nagoya, Japan in Oct ...(to be continued)

Tokelau Declares Newest Pacific Whale Sanctuary, Highlights Global Momentum for Whale Conservation

[Coastal and Marine Ecosystems]Tokelau, a territory in the South Pacific, declared its waters to be a whale sanctuary today, the eleventh such designation in the Pacific. The announcement took place at the start of a symposium marking the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium’s tenth anniversary.

“Tokelau’s decision to declare its exclusive economic zone a sanctuary for whales is based on our firm belief that we share a common responsibility in the Pacific for the protection of these species. Whales don’t recognize national boundaries and Tokelau would be remiss if we failed to support our Pacific island neighbours in the quest to help recovery of the whales in our region,” said Honourable Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa, Ulu of Tokelau.

Despite a global moratorium on commercial whaling since 1986 and ...(to be continued)

Samoa Rat eradication project showing signs of success

File[Nature Conservation]Six months after a rat eradication project began for the Aleipata Islands group in Samoa, a follow up visit after the operation reports no sign of the Pacific rat on Nu’utele Island.

The valuable native wildlife of Nu’utele and Nu’ulua Islands was considered to be severely affected by the Pacific rat, hence the rat eradication project, budgeted at just over USD 200,000, was developed to help Samoa’s natural heritage thrive.

In August last year, a helicopter from New Zealand was deployed to drop brodifacoum rat bait on the two islands in the Aleipata group.

During this follow up visit in March, a team of five from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Government of Samoa and SPREP visited Nu’utele Island taking a full boatload of gear. They divided i ...(to be continued)

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March 2010

Read all about COP15 here.
United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark 7 Dec - 18 Dec 2009
Articles by the COP15 Pacific news team. Click here

Meeting Records and Working Documents
16 - 20 November 2009
Latest press releases
Pacific Biodiversity National Reports(4/19/2010)
Pacific countries prepare to report on 2010 Biodiversity targets(4/16/2010)
Tokelau Declares Newest Pacific Whale Sanctuary, Highlights Global Momentum for Whale Conservation(4/14/2010)

Latest publications
Pacific Regional Solid Waste Management Strategy 2010 - 2015(4/13/2010)
A practical guide to landfill management in Pacific Island countries and territories: Volume 1 - Inland-based waste disposal(4/1/2010)
Pacific Islands Marine Portal (poster)(3/24/2010)


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