Environment

December 2014

Project turns waste into potential revenue

What do syringes and televisions have in common? Both become ‘hazardous waste’ when their useful life is over. That is, potentially dangerous or harmful to health or the environment if not properly managed. Hazardous wastes can pollute water and soil, accumulate in food crops and fish, and workers required to ...

November 2014

Protocol aims to protect traditional knowledge from exploitation

History was made in Pyeongchang, Korea in October with the first Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol, a landmark agreement covering access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from their use. This meeting took place in association with the meeting of the Parties ...

October 2014

Reflecting on the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States

Samoa showcased to the world a people united when they hosted over 4,000 delegates to the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Hailed as the best United Nations conference ever, UN SIDS was an outstanding success on many fronts. Samoa proved an excellent, warm and welcoming ...

EU Water Project Provides for Over 1000 Families

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

The European Union Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs today visited the EU-funded water treatment at Aleisa, south-west of Apia. The treatment plant provides drinking water to 1000 families in the Aleisa community, which is approximately 91 percent of its total population. Commissioner Piebalgs made the visit on the margins of ...

Traditional canoes join UN SIDS Conference in Apia

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa
Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

Two traditional canoes have arrived in Apia from Hawaii as part of a campaign to urge world leaders to take greater action to protect our oceans.

September 2014

The Pathway to the 3rd SIDS Conference in Samoa

David Sheppard

Samoa will make history this year as the first Pacific island country to host an international United Nations conference. The 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be held from 1 to 4 September, will also mark a 20 year milestone along a journey with which the ...

Spectacular start to UN Conference on SIDS in Samoa

Samisoni Pareti, in Apia, Samoa.
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Samoa lifted its restrictions on work and cultural activities on Sunday to put on a spectacular cultural show to welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and leaders and officials of UN member countries that are in Apia to attend the 3rd international conference on small-island developing states.

Partnerships for Ocean protection: SPREP, National Geographic Society, Waitt Foundation team together

Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), the National Geographic Society and the Waitt Foundation have announced a new partnership to promote marine resource conservation and the associated sustainable economic development of Small Island Developing States in the Pacific region.

'It's in our DNA to conserve the ocean'

Samisoni Pareti, Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business magazine
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, small island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves.

Cook Islands coastal calculator helps construct new harbour

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

After close to a decade of being without a harbour, the island of Mangaia in the Cook Islands cut the ribbon to a new climate resilient harbour this year, an outcome of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC).

August 2014

Youth our greatest resource

As I contemplated writing this article for International Youth Day this year, I was struck by the number of confident, articulate and passionate young people I have met whilst at SPREP. Many of these young people hold positions in government, regional organisations or work with civil society. Some are still ...

July 2014

21 years of serving the environment and peoples of the Pacific

Pacific history was made twenty one years ago on June 16, 1993. On that day Pacific island 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.

June 2014

World Oceans Day - 8 June

“We are the sea. We are the ocean. We must wake up to this ancient truth.” – Professor Epeli Hau’ofa

May 2014

Island Biodiversity

Since its establishment the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has worked to raise awareness on environment issues across the region and help empower others to do the same.

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, ...