Protect our oceans, urges Environment Minister of Samoa
By Samisoni Pareti, Group Editor-in-Chief, Island Business28 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - Small Island states need to do more to rehabilitate, protect and preserve their threatened marine environment.That advice came from Samoa's Environment Minister Faamoetauloa-Lealaiauloto Taito Dr Faale Tumaalii when he opened a two-day workshop on ocean acidification in Apia today. It's bein... More detail
SPREP training exercise sees oil containment boom placed around Pacific Jewel
A three-day specialised training programme in the management of oil spills has culminated in the spectacular deployment of a containment boom around the Pacific Jewel cruise ship, currently docked in Apia Harbour for the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).The oil spill response training has been undertaken through a partnership between the Secret... More detail
Pacific media preparing for the UNSIDS
Pacific island media are gearing up for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS) with a three day gathering led by the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.Opening on 26 August, the workshop brought together media from Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands... More detail
Cook Islands coastal calculator sums up climate change adaptation with new harbour
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).In 2005 Cyclones Meena and Nancy destroyed the harbour, making life harder for the islands residents. If there were rough conditions for the island, ships ... More detail
A booming good idea!
A temporary boom has been placed across the mouth of Apia's Vaisigano River. This boom, together three others to be installed at Apia's major rivers, will help prevent litter and debris from entering Apia harbour and the marina during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS) and beyond.The boom is 120m long and has a buoyant top with a net s... More detail
SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.
Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate ... More detail