Environment

By Hary Razafindsionana [Ngerulmud, Palau] In 2006 during the sidelines of the eighth conference of parties on Convention on Biological Biodiversity (CBD) a significant milestone was achieved by Micronesian jurisdictions during a high level event hosted by the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). The leaders of the five Micronesian jurisdictions namely, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), as well as the US Territory of Guam and the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) came together and launched the Micronesian Challenge. The Micronesian Challenge geographic jurisdiction [Image: CC-TNC] Envisaged…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru [Hawaii, US] Ourite is the local name describing “octopus fishing” in Rodrigues which is a small island that lies 595kmkm east of Mauritius. The island stretch measures 18 km in length and at its widest point covers 8 kilometres. The enchanting, Rodrigues Island [Image: CC- MA] For generations ourite has been the traditional economic activity of Rodrigues. By walking on the reef flats armed with a spear or a metal stick to poke the dens where octopus shelter ourite thrives. In some other places it would be called harpooning. Much of this activity happens on the massive…
By Malik Hossain [Port Louis, Mauritius] It was supposed to be a major event with an attention grabbing streak. However the US Presidential election and the shock win of President Donald Trump stole the thunder and as such the press conference even with its great significance had to compete for news space. The place was Marrakech, Morocco and the date was November 16 2016. It was a press conference convened by The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, the Prime Minister of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru “The success of the Blue Economy will depend on unleashing a new generation of entrepreneurs who can match the impact of the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in the legendary Silicon Valley. Can we anticipate individuals who can do the same for the Blue Economy, creating a global transformation in our use of the sea? We can learn much from the example of the Information Age pioneers. Their success was not a result of top-down planning. Instead, young people found their way to a particular locality, attracted by an absence of inhibiting rules and regulations,…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru[Hawai'i, US] Protected areas on earth now account for 14.7 per cent of the earth`s land mass and 11.95 per cent of territorial waters. This is according to the 2016 Protected Planet report which was launched by the IUCN and UN Environmental Programme (UNEP). The report which says the world is on track to meet a major global conservation target was launched at the on-going IUCN World Conservation Congress in the US island state of Hawai'i."Today, the world is facing critical environmental and societal challenges, such as climate change, food and water security," IUCN Director General Inger Andersen…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru[Hawaii, USA] US President Barack Obama’s executive order expanding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in western Hawaiʻi by more than 442,778 square miles, was the key highlight of the IUCN World Conservation Congress currently taking place in Hawai'i. Obama's single act of enlarging Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the swansong of the congress as his signature created theby world`s largest protected area. The IUCN World Conservation Congress takes place after every four years and this is the first time in the history of the conservation body tfthat the congress has been held on US soil. The 10-day congress…
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