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European Union Improving Pacific Livelihoods by Tackling Invasive Species

Fri, 28/09/2012 - 06:00

At a special launch event in Fiji today the European Union formally announced its backing for regional efforts to address the threats posed by invasive species for peoples' livelihoods across the Pacific...

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Cook Islands PM urges Pacific-wide action to tackle invasive species

Sun, 23/09/2012 - 22:36

The Cook Islands Prime Minister Hon. Henry Puna and his Pacific Islands Forum colleagues have backed an initiative to recognise the widespread economic, social and environmental impacts of invasive species.

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Cook Islands unveils world's largest marine park

Thu, 13/09/2012 - 04:37

The world’s largest marine park has been launched in the Cook Islands located in the Pacific Ocean.

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Palau shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award

Wed, 12/09/2012 - 03:31

The Palau Conservation Society (PCS - BirdLife Partner) are delighted that two of the six short-listed policies for the 2012 Future Policy Award are from their Pacific Island nation. The 2012 Future Policy Award, an international award that celebrates effective and exemplary policies...

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New Zealand bird of the year poll opens...

Tue, 11/09/2012 - 03:19

TV personality Te Radar, comedian Raybon Kan and actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand will be championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird's (BirdLife in New Zealand) annual Bird of the Year poll, which kicks off today...

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Funding for birds in woodlands and beaches down-under

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 03:14

It is with great pride that BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) can announce that the efforts of our successful and highly regarded ‘Woodland Birds for Biodoiversity’ and ‘Beach-nesting Birds’ projects have both been recognised as outstanding by the Australian Government, which has agreed to fund them for another year through the Caring For Our Country program...

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Forest & Bird disappointed at climate change ruling

Sat, 01/09/2012 - 03:01

Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) is dismayed at the High Court decision that says the effects on climate change cannot be considered under the Resource Management Act...

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National Park Project builds local support in Fiji

Thu, 30/08/2012 - 02:53

The Taveuni National Park Project has been running for six months and NatureFiji-MareqetiViti have completed the first round of consultations with all the landowners and other stakeholders...

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Places You Love - Campaign launched in Australia

Wed, 29/08/2012 - 02:40

BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) and an alliance of environmental organisations from across the country have launched a national campaign today to protect our nation's environmental laws. "These laws protect the things we love: the places we love, the wildlife we love", said Dr Graeme Hamilton - CEO of BirdLife Australia...

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Carnaby’s numbers still down

Fri, 17/08/2012 - 00:56

BirdLife Australia’s (BirdLife Partner) 2012 Great Cocky Count has found that numbers of Endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo in the Perth Region are still lower than reported in 2010...

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Lord Howe Island to become rat-free

Mon, 13/08/2012 - 02:39

BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) is delighted by arecent announcement to commit $AUS 9 million to eradicate rodents from Lord Howe Island. Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage Area and a globally significant Important Bird Area, is home to 182 bird species, three of which are endemic - making it one of Australia’s most important seabird islands...

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Biodiversity survey of paradise in the South Pacific

Mon, 06/08/2012 - 03:03

Last June, a team of scientists and technicians joined the Ornithological Society of Polynesia-Manu (SOP-Manu - BirdLife in French Polynesia) to survey the flora and fauna of remote atolls in the south-east Tuamotu Archipelago.

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Titi Forever: Research supports conservation of Tuamotu Sandpiper

Tue, 31/07/2012 - 02:16

Most of the world’s sandpiper species migrate thousands of kilometers between arctic breeding grounds and subtropical wintering grounds, but in the not-too distant evolutionary past, one group gave up this habit and went native in French Polynesia...

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SOP saving stranded seabirds

Fri, 27/07/2012 - 01:20

The Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (SOP MANU - BirdLife in French Polynesia) has started a rescue program for grounded petrels and shearwaters attracted by lights on Tahiti. Following awareness raising activities by SOP MANU, the number of grounded Near Threatened Tahiti Petrel has risen from 10 to over 100 birds per annum. “This is thought to be the tip off the ice-berg, with the number of seabirds being attracted to bright lights at night is likely to be much higher”, said Lucie Faulquier from SOP MANU.

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Restoring Pacific paradise

Fri, 27/07/2012 - 00:49

In total, 51% of all threatened birds are being driven towards extinction by invasive alien species. The problem is especially acute on oceanic islands where 75% of threatened birds are affected. In an effort to address this serious threat, the Pacific Partnership of BirdLife International has received renewed support from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation to protect globally important seabird colonies by eradicating invasive alien species...

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New guidebook for New Caledonia's birds

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 03:22

A new guidebook has been published by SCO (BirdLife in New Caledonia) which gives a concise description of the breeding, migratory and sea birds found within the Pacific country...

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Fiji Petrel Detector Dogs Make a Major Discovery

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 03:08

It looked like 'just another forested hillside' but Bob and Tar - the Fiji Petrel detector Dogs proved otherwise - they found the first significant colony of Vulnerable Collared Petrels to date...

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Forum calls on Pacific people to value all species

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 02:57

“Pacific Islanders must make every effort to understand and value the various species of plants and animals and natural environments that make up our island homes”. This is the call from the scientists, local to global experts and conservation practitioners who gathered at the inaugural Pacific Islands Species Forum last week in Honiara, Solomon Islands...

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