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Native to Mexico and the southern United States, American agave (Agave americana) has been introduced widely as an ornamental, for medicinal and agricultural purposes.

Building knowledge on invasive alien species in the Pacific

Invasive alien species are recognized as the second largest drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide and island ecosystems appear to be more vulnerable to invasions. The Oceania region, home of six of the recognized 39 world biodiversity hotspots, has suffered significant loss of species and ecosystems as result of the spread of invasive alien species. The IUCN Species Survival Commission Invasive Species Specialist Group (IUCN SSC ISSG) and the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) are working together to address this challenge by improving the access to data on invasive alien species in the Oceania-ACP island countries.  …  

02 Oct 2014 | News story

Mont Panié kauri (Agathis montana), know as ‘dayu biik’ by the Kanak people of New Caledonia

Ancient trees standing tall in the face of climate change

Mont Panié Wilderness Reserve, New Caledonia …  

02 Oct 2014 | Fact sheet

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Mentoring for stronger management of protected areas

Would you like to become involved in a new mentoring programme for protected areas practitioners? Global Parks and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas have now joined forces to deliver just that. The mentoring programme aims to strengthen the management of protected areas by both non-government and government protected area officials. …  

01 Oct 2014 | Article

A community workshop using the Climate Witness Community Toolkit

Marine protected areas – helping to face climate change in Madagascar

In the face of emerging challenges brought on by climate change, new solutions are needed. In the Diana region of north west Madagascar, one such solution is being trialled: Nosy Hara Marine Protected Area (MPA) is the country’s first MPA to incorporate climate change adaptation into its management plan. …  

28 Sep 2014 | Article

Mr Tua Pittman of the Cook Islands Voyaging Society speaking at the launch of the Marumaru Atua - the start of the 'Mua: Guided by Nature' voyage to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Destination Sydney: Mua voyage launches from Cook Islands with message on people, oceans and climate change

The Marumaru Atua has set sail from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, the first of four Pacific voyaging canoes that will sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, conveying the message to the world about Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future. …  

25 Sep 2014 | News story

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