THE year ahead is a major year for the Pacific region and for SPREP – the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - with many exciting projects and opportunities on the horizon. In 2015, SPREP’s priority is supporting Pacific island countries to address their key environmental and sustainable development ...
Thu 15 Jan 2015 -
Landowners’ opposition to the proposed multi-million dollar copper and gold mine on central Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island has flared up again this week with the arrest by Fijian police of a 57-year old landowner.
Before we look forward, we must reflect on one of the most crucial international conferences for the Pacific islands - the UN Climate Convention hosted in Lima, Peru from December 1-12 - a challenging time for many. Bringing together over 190 parties to agree on text is no easy feat ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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).
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 ...
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.
“We are the sea. We are the ocean. We must wake up to this ancient truth.” – Professor Epeli Hau’ofa
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.
This month we commemorate Global Asbestos Awareness Week to raise awareness of an insidious and slow killer – the substance known as “asbestos”.
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 ...
The plummeting world copra prices has forced copra plantation owners to look for other avenues to raise the value of their copra.
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).
We commemorate World Wetlands Day on February 2, each year to mark the birthday of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
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.
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.
Last December, the United Nations General Assembly addressed France’s nuclear legacy in French Polynesia in its annual statement on decolonisation.
- Wed 25 Feb - Fiji: Private sector says EU fisheries report inaccurate
- Wed 25 Feb - Tonga: World Bank Regional Vice President to meet Tongan Prime Minister today
- Wed 25 Feb - Fiji: Fiji disciplinary forces support UN Convention Against Torture
- Tue 24 Feb - Tonga: Princess Tu'ipelehake fights for Fatai residence in Court
- Tue 24 Feb - Tuvalu: Tuvalu and Kiribati push for legal agreement on local crews for purse seine vessels in PNA waters
- Tue 24 Feb - Fiji: Fiji continues to expand foreign relations
- Tue 24 Feb - Tuvalu: Tuvaluans residing in Fiji need to extend their visas if they want to stay longer
- Tue 24 Feb - Tuvalu: Peak tide affects Tuvaluan communities living in coastal and low-lying areas
- Tue 24 Feb - France: Agriculture must change
- Tue 24 Feb - Australia: Pacific connected: A regional approach to development challenges facing island nations