Thinking globally, acting locally - conservation lessons from Oceania

V. M. Adams*, R. E. Spindler, R. T. Kingsford

*Corresponding author for this work

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Oceania is a diverse region encompassing Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, New Zealand and Polynesia, with six of the world's 39 hotspots of diversity but a poor record for extinctions from widespread threats to biodiversity. The region is also culturally diverse, containing close to a quarter of the world's languages and some of the oldest cultures. This makes the region a priority for immediate and sustained conservation action. In this special issue we provide local conservation solutions in Oceania to global problems, capturing the diversity of nations, cultures and environments. The issue is organised by the major threats faced in the region: habitat loss, over exploitation and invasive species. Case studies, framed as coupled problem-solutions, include examples from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and contrast findings across regions and realms. There are successes and failures faced by conservation in this local region, and the analysis within this special issue offers lessons for conservation globally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-89
Number of pages5
JournalPacific Conservation Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • conservation interventions
  • Fiji
  • habitat loss
  • invasive species
  • New Zealand
  • over exploitation
  • Papua New Guinea
  • pollution


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