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IUCN Spotlight: Next generation

September 12th, 2016

Time and time again, conservation leaders at the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress emphasized the need to cultivate the next generation of conservationists — for it is they who will inherit the Earth. The greatest hope is that the IUCN summit leaves a legacy behind, inspiring the next generation of youth toREAD MORE

IUCN Spotlight: pandas and pangolins

September 9th, 2016

Good news for the giant panda, which was upgraded from endangered to vulnerable on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Endangered Species. Bad news for the Eastern gorilla, the world’s largest living primate, which was reclassified as critically endangered. The IUCN Red List was updated earlier this week at the WorldREAD MORE

IUCN Spotlight: Jeff Mikulina

September 3rd, 2016

Island nations, most vulnerable to climate change, are also innovators in adopting renewable energy. The Blue Planet Foundation and IUCN Caribbean host a workshop, Windows to the Future: Islands as Innovators for a Renewable Energy Transition, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center (Room 319A) as part ofREAD MORE

IUCN Spotlight: Opening ceremony hula

August 31st, 2016

Renowned kumu hula and hula practitioners of the Lalakea Foundation are presenting the opening protocol for the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Blaisdell Center in Hawaii. With Akahi Ka Mano, a migration chant, the mano, or shark, begins the ceremony in a retelling of the oceanREAD MORE

IUCN Spotlight: Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele

August 30th, 2016

Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, or “Auntie Pua,” as some fondly call her, is retired from the University of Hawai‘i and Community College system as well as former president of the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation of Hilo, which became one of the newest Hawaii-based members of the IUCN. She is also a retired kumu hula and Hawaiian spiritualREAD MORE

IUCN Spotlight: Remains of a Rainbow exhibit

August 28th, 2016

The colors of the plants burst out from a black background — a glorious, orange kokio, the silverish blades of a Ka‘u silversword and delicate, white petals of a na‘u, or gardenia brighamii. Then there are the varied, shiny stripes on kahuli tree snails, their shells resembling jewels; the comical face of an ‘o‘opu fish, mouth agape, swimmingREAD MORE

IUCN Spotlight: Hawaiian monk seals

August 25th, 2016

The NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program recently transported four malnourished Hawaiian monk seals, classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List, from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to a monk seal rehabilitation center in Kona, Hawaii. Among them are prematurely weaned pups, including Niho‘ole, pictured above, as well as YK56, an extremely underweight five-year-old. “Even though the five-year-old Hawaiian monk sealREAD MORE

IUCN Spotlight: Samuel ‘Ohu Gon III

August 22nd, 2016

A Hawaiian chanter, senior scientist and cultural advisor for The Nature Conservancy, Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ohi‘a Gon III bridges the western and native Hawaiian worlds. Gon, who has more than 40 years of experience in Hawaiian ecology, is hosting a workshop at the IUCN World Conservation Congress Forum on integrating indigenous cultural values and perspectives into conservation onREAD MORE

IUCN Spotlight: Chris Farmer

August 15th, 2016

Gone is the Kauai O‘o bird, which was endemic to the island of Kauai. Its songs can no longer be heard in tree branches, with all that remains being a recording at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Its last song was heard in 1985. Before that, we lost the Oahu ‘akepa (1893), the Laysan honeycreeperREAD MORE

A Green Congress

August 11th, 2016

Let’s face it – traveling itself, via jet planes, staying at hotel accommodations and consuming food and drink on the go are not exactly the best way to reduce carbon emissions in the world. After all, travelers leave a carbon footprint just by jetting to Honolulu from the other side of the world. The International UnionREAD MORE

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