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First Participatory 3-D Model for environmental planning completed for the island of ‘Eua, Kingdom of Tonga

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Media Release
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Island Biodiversity project showcased at the world’s premier global conservation gathering.

The achievements of the GEFPAS integrated Island Biodiversity (IIB) project were showcased at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) held recently in Honolulu, Hawaii.

IIB project regional personnel Ms. Easter Galuvao and Mr. Vainuupo Jungblut (both based at SPREP) and the national IIB project coordinator for the Kingdom of Tonga, Ms Ana Fekau participated in the WCC.

Many of the materials and publications produced through the IIB project were on display during the WCC and there was great interest shown from the general public and WCC participants alike “Each day we had a significant amount of visitors to our display booth asking questions and curious to know more about the IIB project, which countries it engaged and how it has addressed island biodiversity issues in those countries. There has been great interest and curiosity in our biodiversity conservation efforts at the island-scale…furthermore, many new contacts were made to further discuss and share on this issue” said Mr. Vainuupo Jungblut, IIB project technical expert who helped man the display booth, answer questions and promote the IIB achievements.

IIB team WCC Booth                                  The IIB team at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
                                                              (Photo: SPREP)


“The WCC provided an excellent opportunity to show case and share outcomes and results of the GEFPAS IIB Project. Our main aim was to raise the profile of work accomplished under the IIB project which included the Biodiversity rapid assessments completed in Nauru, Tonga and Cook Islands and also other milestone achievements such as the Participatory 3 Dimensional Mapping” said the GEFPAS IIB project manager, Ms Easter Galuvao of SPREP.

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                      Easter Galuvao, regional IIB project manager at SPREP manning the display booth
                                                                   (Photo: SPREP)



During the WCC, a side event was held to showcase national success stories on the application of Participatory Three Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) and the Kingdom of Tonga was invited to share their experiences on their P3DM process, which was facilitated and supported by the IIB project in November 2015. “Tonga’s P3DM has helped us to communicate and plan in a way that is easily absorbed by communities. The process has encouraged and re-connected people in Tonga and has given them a sense of ownership”  

Tonga IIB coordinator Ana Fekau presenting at WCC side event
             Tonga IIB coordinator, Ana Fekau delivering her presentation on Tonga's P3DM case study
                                                               (Photo: SPREP)


The IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) was held in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1-10 September and was attended by over 9,000 participants from around the world.

The GEFPAS Integrated Island Biodiversity (IIB) Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility, implemented through the United Nations Environment Programme and executed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

A tribute to our dearly beloved sister, friend and colleague, Mi’i Matamaki
The GEFPAS IIB Family wishes to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the untimely passing of our dear sister, friend and colleague – the Cook Islands IIB project coordinator, Mi’i Matamaki. We are deeply saddened by the news of Mi’i’s passing.

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Mii’s dedication through the many innovative and successful work that she carried out for the GEFPAS IIB project in the Cook Islands is a testament to her commitment and dedication in ensuring that the biodiversity of the Cook Islands is well preserved and conserved for the wellbeing of her people and especially for the younger and future generations of Cook Island. She always talked fondly about her project activities with the students, planting native trees around Rarotonga and taking nature walks as a way of imparting knowledge to the young ones.

We are all very proud of Mi’i’s many notable achievements through the Cook Islands GEFPAS IIB project and she will always be the shining star amongst us. A very experienced senior member of our project team who was always calm and composed in the way she approached her work. We valued her advice and input and she always responded with a gentle smile.

Mi’i will be sorely missed by her GEFPAS IIB Family in Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and SPREP in particular, by Ana Fekau, Amanda Wheatley, Easter Galuvao, Berrick Dowiyogo, Kitiseni Ovia, Mataio Tekinene, Greg Sherley, Stuart Chape and Vainuupo Jungblut.

We will always remember her wonderful and gentle soul which will forever remain in our hearts. May her soul rest in Peace!
 

Cook Islands GEFPAS IIB training on Participatory-Three Dimensional Modelling (P3DM), 13-17 June 2016.

Cook Islands participants with their completed P3D model2 - resized

Media Release
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Nauru GEFPAS IIB Training on Participatory-Three Dimensional Modelling (P3DM), 12-16 April 2016. 

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Media Release
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GEFPAS IIB Training on Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, 18-23 March 2016, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Media Release
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Nauru GEFPAS IIB Training on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Nauru Stakeholders, 8 February 2016.


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Media Release
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Nauru GEFPAS IIB Training Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning, 8-12 February 2016.

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Media Release
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Training on Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) for the Vava’u Island Group, Kingdom of Tonga.

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Media Release

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Integrated Island Biodiversity - Final Project Review Meeting, 23-25 November 2015.

Final IIB review meeting participants
Media Release

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Meeting Outcomes
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Key IIB related events and timelines

Title

Date(s)

World Conservation Congress (WCC), Honolulu

Hawaii.

1-10 September 2016

 

National reporting on the IIB project – Deadline for key deliverables.


30 June, 2016

Biodiversity Conservation Education Training for Teachers, Tuvalu  

28-30June 2016

Training on Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM), Cook Islands

 

13-17 June, 2016

 
Updating of national wetland inventory & capacity building, Nauru.

31 April 2016
 
Training on Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM), Nauru.

 
12-16 April 2016

 

National reporting on the IIB project – reporting 

Deadline no.2

 

31 March, 2016

 

Training on Open Standards for the Practice of 

Conservation.

 

18-23 March, 2016

 Scoping Visit: Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM), Nauru.  
15-19 February, 2016

 
Training on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), Nauru

 
8-12 February, 2016

 
National reporting on the IIB project - reporting deadline no. 1

January 2016 (week 2) 

 Final Project Review Meeting – IIB. 23-25 November, 2015
Training on Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) for the Vava’u Island Group, Kingdom of Tonga.

16-20 November,  2015



IIB news artlcles
Below are the links to all IIB project news articles/press releases.

Sharing lessons with the world – Tonga’s P3DM success story
A birds-eye view for planning – Cook Islands first Participatory 3D model
A first for the Cook Islands: training on three dimensional modelling 
The very first 3-D Model of Nauru, launched
Battling invasive species helps saves the Tongan whistler 
Enhancing planning and conservation outcomes for Pacific Island biodiversity
Training with SPREP lays the foundation for future planning of marine resource management in Nauru
GIS training successfully completed, applauded by Stakeholders  
Biodiversity initiative wraps up, looks to the future
3D Modelling for environmental planning comes to Tonga
Request for Tenders: GEFPAS IIB Project Technical Expert Consultancy
Exciting findings during survey in Tonga shared at global biodiversity conference 















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