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, ...
The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Majuro in September underlined the urgency of the climate challenges facing our region.
The region is moving towards the development of an overarching integrated strategy and framework for disaster risk management and climate change by 2015.
Leadership programmes are fast becoming a common place in our region. And it is no different in the environment arena.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
The people of the Pacific Islands have a long history of living and coping with a highly variable climate and environment.
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.
NADI, FIJI --- Flood affected families in Nadi who benefitted from Fiji’s first cash-for-work project to recover from the devastating effects of the twin floods of early 2012, had a first-hand chance to share their stories with Nicholas Rosellini, the UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director for Asia ...
PNG government’s determination to push ahead with the development of the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) is likely to cause a clash amongst landowners if outstanding issues are not adequately addressed.
Like many Pacific Islands leaders Tokelau’s head of Government or Ulu o Tokelau Kerisiano Kalolo is a worried man.
The 8th Pacific Heads of Fisheries Meeting is taking place March 4-8 in New Caledonia. The meeting, convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), brings together heads of fisheries departments from Pacific Islands countries and territories (PICTs) to discuss not only the work of SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and ...
It is said that ‘knowledge is power’ and as we embark on a new voyage for 2013, we do so armed with the knowledge provided by a regional environment outlook report that will steer us towards stronger actions and commitments.
Environmental and other marine advocacy groups criticised the Pacific’s regional fisheries management organisation for not adopting a tougher stance on conservation at its annual meeting in December. Despite this criticism, CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) said the results “are not as bad as they were made ...
That message is ringing loud and clear on many different levels.
Wed 06 Mar 2013 -
SUVA, Fiji ---- A tropical disturbance which is located far West of Fiji is expected to move Eastwards towards the country and affect the entire group later today.
Tonga to Host Regional Workshop on Law and Contract Negotiations for Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific
Tue 05 Mar 2013 -
NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga ---- From March 11-15, the Kingdom of Tonga is to host a regional workshop on “Law and Contract Negotiations for Deep Sea Minerals” in Nuku’alofa, on behalf of the SPC-EU Pacific Deep Sea Minerals Project.
Tue 05 Mar 2013 -
HOBART, Australia --- Japan's whaling fleet has turned around and is heading back into the Southern Ocean, according to anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd.
- Wed 11 Dec - USA: man Rights Day: UN pays tribute to activists, landmark Vienna Declaration
- Wed 11 Dec - Fiji: The right to plan
- Wed 11 Dec - New Caledonia: Youth Employment Advocacy Initiative launched at the Second Pacific Youth and Sports Conference
- Wed 11 Dec - Fiji: SPC Facilitates Fiji Sugar Stakeholders Meeting
- Wed 11 Dec - New Zealand: Human interference real threat to Pacific atolls