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    News & Resources from Pacific Islands and Australia

    Update: From Protecting Marine Turtles to Creating Healthier Communities

    Feb 14, 2012

    This local organization’s work extends beyond the benefits of environmental protection; they are empowering indigenous populations to create healthier communities.

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    Protecting Marine Turtles in Papua New Guinea

    Aug 31, 2011

    The Leatherback Turtle is listed as endangered, but one Global Greengrants Fund grantee has found a way to curb its declining numbers.

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    In the Pacific: Picking up the Pieces after Devastating Tsunami

    Aug 25, 2011

    Global Greengrants grantee Aleipata Marine Protected Area Society is working with local communities in cleanup efforts after the Samoa tsunami of 2009.

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    Remembering a Remarkable Environmentalist

    Jul 28, 2011

    Te Tika Mataiapo Dorice Reid, Global Greengrants Fund advisor, was a prominent environmental leader in the Cook Islands, where she was widely respected, admired and loved. Although she passed away last month, her legacy and memory will live on.

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    Indigenous Funding: “From Little Things, Big Things Grow”

    Apr 5, 2011

    In the 1990s tourism development destroyed Serangan Island’s coral reef. Local indigenous people committed themselves to reviving the reef, and they’ve since planted more than 35,000 corals. The recent Asia/Pacific Summit aimed to support more stories like Serangan’s, because ‘from little things, big things grow.’

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    Water Warriors: Fighting Privatization in the Philippines

    Apr 4, 2011

    By supporting those who are most affected by water policy decisions to know and protect their rights, a group in the Philippines is using an Earth Month-funded grant to safeguard access to clean water.

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    Profits over People: New Injustices in Papua New Guinea

    Jun 18, 2010

    In a dangerous step backwards, Papua New Guinea has prioritized profits over the rights of its citizens. “The new laws are meant to protect the interests of investors at the expense of the environment and the resource owners. The new laws are selling out the rights of the people.”

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    Samoa Tsunami Update: Appeal for Support

    Oct 15, 2009

    Greengrants’ Pacific Islands Advisory Board, led by Coordinator Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster, is appealing for funds to support long-term reconstruction efforts following September’s earthquake and tsunami that devastated a large swathe of southern Samoa.

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    Samoa Tsunami Update: News from the Ground

    Oct 2, 2009

    Yesterday we heard from Cedric Schuster, Coordinator of Greengrants’ Pacific Islands Advisory Board, who lives in Samoa. Cedric was in Boulder, Colorado last week for Greengrants’ Global Advisor Retreat. Just after he returned home, the September 29th earthquake and tsunami hit, devastating southern Samoa where about 20 percent of the population resides.

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    Greengrants’ Advisors Come Together on Climate Justice

    Sep 30, 2009

    As world leaders falter in taking any significant action on climate change, Greengrants’ Advisors are already witnessing its dire effects on local communities. Last week, they gathered at the Global Advisor Retreat to discuss these impacts, their strategies for the future, and what they are already doing to address it.

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