Regional - Oceania

Riches of the Pacific: Deep Sea Minerals to Green Economy – biodiversity conservation in resource dependant countries

Throughout Oceania, primary industry – mining, logging, agriculture – is a primary foreign exchange earner, and seen as a source of development. From Rio’s “sustainable development” to Rio+20’s “Green Economy”, IUCN Oceania encouraged partners to consider their ecosystems and natural resources. Three areas will be highlighted:

Climate Change Adaption Tools for Island Communities

By presenting local and regional conservation results, we will demonstrate the importance of informing and empowering communities to make sound decisions about improving the resilience and adaptive capacity of the ecosystems on which they depend for their livelihoods. MCT and its partners developed the Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit to address key challenges faced by communities carrying out adaptation activities.

A Systems Approach Towards Energy, Food and Environmental Security: the Biochar Story

The quality of life for present and future generations depends on the development and adoption of new research paradigms that integrate the physical, biological and social sciences. Such integrative research is required to provide the new insights and fundamental knowledge needed to address the wide range of issues associated with ecosystems and their relationship to human health and well-being.

Participatory action for climate resilience: case studies fromChoiseul and Manus provinces (Solomon Islands; PNG)

In 2011, the community of Boe Boe in the Solomon Islands, undertook activities designed to understand the potential impacts of climate change and to plan for the future:

Hawaii´s State Museum of Cultural and Natural History: Origins and Recent Growth Patterns

In 1988, the State of Hawaii Legislature passed a bill inspired by the Smithsonian Institution model, and established that "The official designation of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum shall be the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History." Its approval by Governor John Waihee increased the frequency and amount of financial appropriations in the biennial budget and facilitated other contributions. In 1992, the Legislature designated Bishop Museum as the Hawaii Biological Survey of the Hawaiian archipelago.

The Locally Managed Marine Area Network - Keeping it Simple and Sustainable

The Poster features the work and impacts of the Locally-Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network. Although focused in the Pacific region, our experience and success has inspired and informed community-based conservation and resource management networks and initiatives world-wide. The Network encompasses communities, local and international NGOs, government agencies and academia, including a number of IUCN members.

Advocating for Indigenous Rights: From Local Indigenous Communities to Global Action

Advocacy of indigenous rights takes on many forms. From community organization and activism, to legal and policy advocacy, the progress regarding the rights of indigenous peoples has required numerous tools and numerous strategies. This knowledge café is a dynamic exploration of those tools and strategies.

Making vulnerability assessments matter for climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands

As global climate change continues to impact Pacific Islands, the clear need for local and regional adaptation has made vulnerability assessments (VAs) an increasingly useful planning tool for biocultural resource adaptation.

Considering biological and cultural diversity in the context of botanical conservation strategies

Concerns continue to mount regarding potential impacts of global climate change, habitat loss, and other environmental changes on the world´s flora. Over the millennia, peoples and cultures across the world have developed deep and unique relationships to the land and have discovered many valuable uses on plants in their areas. Just as floristic diversity is eroding, so too are cultural and linguistic diversity. UNESCO estimates that 50% of all languages are endangered, with one language being lost every 2 weeks.

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