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Evidence of Manumea in Masamasa-Falelima National Park,  Savaii 

Article from SPREP Facebook Page:

The very first baseline survey and assessment of the Masamasa-Falelima National Park has indicated evidence of the presence of the Manumea, Samoa’s endemic rare tooth-billed pigeon. The survey took place in June this year as part of the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) activity to prepare a Management Plan for the Park.

The survey assesses current status of flora and fauna to identify the best management strategies and actions are for the Park. It was conducted by the Government of Samoa’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MNRE) with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). 

 

“There were a number of interesting key findings, including evidence of the presence of the Manumea, which is believed to be on the verge of extinction. We are excited to publish the findings of the survey and begin working with SPREP to draft the Park Management Plan,”

said Moafanua Tolusina Pouli, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of MNRE Forestry Division.

“The survey of the Masamasa-Falelima National Park took us two weeks to complete, as we covered an extensive land area - a total of 5,648 acres. This is the first time to carry out a baseline assessment of the area which is crucial for the development of the Management Plan.”

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Photo credit Forestry Division Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa

Uafato village joins conservation efforts to save Samoa's national bird

The village of Uafato have joined forces with conservation and environmental groups to help save the Manumea. The opening of the Uafato trail and bird hide is the latest initiative in efforts to save Samoa’s national bird the Manumea.

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Plan to Save Samoa's National Bird, Manumea, Launched

Marc Membrere for the Samoan Observer

A ten year plan to save Samoa's national bird, manumea, from extinction, has been launched.

The Manumea Recovery Plan 2020-2029 was launched at the Malololelei Recreational Reserve by the Samoa Conservation Society (S.C.S) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E) on Friday morning.

13/06/2020

Artists Share Desire to Save the Manumea

Marc Membrere for the Samoan Observer

Murals of Samoa’s national bird, the manumea, can be seen in a few places in Upolu and Savaii which is all part of the Save the Manumea campaign.

The murals are the outcome of the training hosted last year by New Zealand based artists, Charles and Janine Williams who shared their knowledge of painting native birds in an accurate and authentic way.

10/06/2020

Richmond School Comes to Aid of Samoan Bird Manumea

Brenda Vowden for the NZ Herald

It all started with a chocolate bar and a bird on the brink of extinction, but has turned into so much more for the children and staff of Richmond School.

Conservation coordinator Di Morgan kicked it all off by chance when working with groups throughout the school, including running a Samoan class. Here she has focused on how people in Samoa are being guardians of their wildlife including turtles, plastic and changes they are trying to make.

21/04/20

The Rich Meals That Keep Wild Animals on the Menu

J. B. MacKinnon for the Atlantic Monthly

The biggest bird-hunting day of the year in the island nation of Samoa, it turns out, is not a great day to start searching for one of the world’s rarest birds. It is the eve of White Sunday, a national holiday during which many wild birds are eaten as a favorite traditional food, and 12-gauge shotguns have been ringing out in the forests for days. Even the most common birds are in hiding.

13/03/2020

Uafato Village Joins Conservation Efforts to Save Samoa's National Bird

TV1 Samoa

The village of Uafato have joined forces with conservation and environmental groups to help save the Manumea. The opening of the Uafato trail and bird hide is the latest initiative in efforts to save Samoa’s national bird the Manumea.

12/03/2020

Samoa's Bird-Watching Nature Trail Opens

Marc Membrere for the Samoan Observer

A new birdwatching and nature trail has been opened in the 2,500-hectare Uafato conservation area to add to Samoa’s list of tourist attractions.

The project is an initiative of the Uafato village in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) and the Samoa Conservation Society (S.C.S).

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Teaching Tour Guiding for Conservation

Sapeer Mayron for the Samoan Observer

A training programme for local tour guides is underway, with seventeen people from six villages gathered on Upolu to learn the ins and outs of taking visitors around their homeland.

The Samoa Conservation Society is conducting the campaign as part of its Save the Manumea Campaign. It hopes to get more villagers to take an interest in guiding tourists and increasing their knowledge and incomes to their village. 

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