Environment

April 2014

April, a time to learn more about Asbestos

This month we commemorate Global Asbestos Awareness Week to raise awareness of an insidious and slow killer – the substance known as “asbestos”.

March 2014

Weathering the storm together

In January 2014, Tropical Cyclone Ian devastated a number of islands in the Kingdom of Tonga, a brutal and sobering reminder of how extreme weather affects our islands homes. On behalf of SPREP, I extend our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters in Tonga as they work to recover ...

February 2014

Low copra prices prompts Karkar’s bio-fuel diesel

Sam Vulum

The plummeting world copra prices has forced copra plantation owners to look for other avenues to raise the value of their copra.

Measuring sea level rise in the Pacific

Sean Hobbs

Anticipating the effects of climate change on sea level is a pressing task, particularly in the Pacific. Getting hard data on sea level into the hands of decisionmakers and scientists is one of the roles performed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Wetlands and agriculture—partnering for sustainability

We commemorate World Wetlands Day on February 2, each year to mark the birthday of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

More cyclones loom for the region?

Davendra Sharma

It’s been slow in coming this season but the next three months could bring as many as 11 cyclones to the Pacific islands region.

“Carbon bubble” threatens to be destructive to the planet

MediaGlobal News Bureau Chief Nosh Nalavala interviewed Ambassador Marlene Moses, Permanent Representative of Nauru to the United Nations on the impact of climate change on small islands.

France’s nuclear legacy haunts French Polynesia

Last December, the United Nations General Assembly addressed France’s nuclear legacy in French Polynesia in its annual statement on decolonisation.

January 2014

Remembering our crew and family as we open the chapter to 2014

I would like to wish all ISLANDS BUSINESS readers all the best for the year ahead. There were many challenges for our Pacific environment in 2013 and SPREP has worked closely with Pacific islands countries and territories to address them.

December 2013

Protect your borders against invasive species this festive season

I’m going to be unimaginative and start with a well used, “Did you know?” for my final column this year. It’s a timely topic this month given that it’s at Christmas time that many of us travel across borders, whether we are going home for family reunions, part of church ...

November 2013

SPREP moving ahead

The environmental challenges facing Pacific countries have grown over the years, as has the role of SPREP (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. SPREP supports Pacific countries and territories to protect and better manage their environments and ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. To help achieve this, ...

October 2013

Adapting to climate change with SPREP

The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Majuro in September underlined the urgency of the climate challenges facing our region.

September 2013

Integrating climate change and disaster risk

Sean Hobbs*

The region is moving towards the development of an overarching integrated strategy and framework for disaster risk management and climate change by 2015.

Emerging environment leaders surge ahead

Leadership programmes are fast becoming a common place in our region. And it is no different in the environment arena.

August 2013

Choiseul’s project, model for islands

Sean Hobbs

The Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICCHAP) in the province of Choiseul, Solomon Islands, was the subject of much discussion during the first joint meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable held in Nadi last month.

Weather and climate services enhance economic growth

Pacific Islands exist in a climate of change. Not just the long-term climate change we hear a lot about, but also season-to-season and year-to-year changes that can cause large swings in rainfall and sea level, among other things.

F-factor in climate change, disaster merger

Dionisia Tabureguci

The “Finance-factor” stands out as a wildcard in discussions last month surrounding the integration of work to tackle two major forces that affect countries in the region—climate change and natural disasters. Just how the funding structure will pan out is a bit of a grey area at this point, as ...

July 2013

Pacific Islands’ deadly threat from climate change

For almost 70 years, my country, the Marshall Islands, has been fighting for its survival. Unfortunately, the threats we face are the result of forces we cannot control.

Make each day a day to protect our oceans

Kosi Latu*

Each year on June 8, around the globe, people stage activities to celebrate World Oceans Day since its designation by the United Nations in 2008.

June 2013

‘We have grown, so as the challenges’

Pacific hist ory was made 20 years ago on 16 June 1993. On that day, Pacific Islands Countries signed an agreement to establish SPREP—the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme—as an independent, intergovernmental organisation to ensure better management and protection of the Pacific environment. This month, SPREP pays tribute ...

May 2013

Water and biodiversity

David Sheppard*

Biological Diversity or ‘Biodiversity’ refers to the variety of all living things on Earth—all species, genetic resources and ecosystems, and how they function and interact. Biodiversity is the cornerstone of life in the Pacific—our plants, animals, and ecosystems are essential for livelihoods of Pacific people. It has helped shape our ...

Studies on nature ahead of Suva summit

As global experts prepare for a world conference on nature conservation in Fiji in December, the region’s peak environment body claims enough is not known about the Pacific’s biodiversity to make long-term decisions on the region.

Keeping our ocean-going seabirds safe

Christopher Pala

Each week from November to July, ornithologist Eric VanderWerf drives from Honolulu to this sandy nature reserve on Oahu Island’s northwestern peninsula to count seabirds chicks and check his rodent traps. Last year, the 20-hectare point was separated from the rest of Oahu by a high-tech fence—the first in the ...

April 2013

Building resilience for a changing Pacific

David Sheppard*

The people of the Pacific Islands have a long history of living and coping with a highly variable climate and environment.

Respect the environment or face destruction: Fiji president

Netani Rika (Pacific Council of Churches)
Thu 04 Apr 2013 -

ALL communities must treat the environment with respect or face the reality of its destruction, says Fiji’s President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.