SPREP installs waste booms across the Matinakau River in the Solomon Islands
7 July, 2015 - Litter booms were installed in the Matinakau River in Honiara, Solomon Islands last week to help manage marine litter which is a growing problem in the Pacific islands region.The boom placement was coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Manageme... More detail
The Village that Banned Seawalls
Aonobuaka is a village in Kiribati of almost 350 people. On the nearby coastline, support from USAID and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has made possible a project that is transforming how local communities protect their land from erosion.In June 2015, when a team from the Government's Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) visited Ao... More detail
The Inclusion of Climate Displacement in the Paris Agreement
A panel discussion on the displacement of people from the impact and effects of climate change was held during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 42nd session of the Subsidiary Bodies and the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) discussions in Bonn, Germany. Coordinated by the Advisory Group on Climate Chang... More detail
Unambiguous Warming in the Western Pacific Caused by Human Activity
In a new study released 6 May 2015, three distinguished scientists from the Australia Bureau of Meteorology have been able to unambiguously show that the Western Pacific has warmed beyond historical limits. They concluded that the mean surface air temperature has steadily increased in the last 50 years with no hiatus, and that it is caused by “external facings”, mea... More detail
Addressing Climate Change Loss and Damage in the Pacific
SPREP, with funding from GIZ, has recently completed a pilot assessment of the capacity of Pacific Island countries to address loss and damage from the adverse impacts of climate change. This pilot assessment was carried out in Samoa, Vanuatu and Kiribati with the assistance of Ms Malia Talakai, who was contracted as a consultant through SPREP. Initial findings have shown that ... More detail
Building Capacity on Oceans in Palau
Our oceans are arguably the most valuable resource of the Pacific Islands and in May this year we moved one step closer to being better able to fully understand and manage them. The Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP), in cooperation with SPREP, hosted their first capacity building workshop in the region, focusing on ocean observing and data applications (PI-1).
The D... More detail
Negotiators closer to a Paris Agreement
Pacific Island countries were amongst the governments who met in Bonn, Germany last month (June 1 – 11th) , working on the current draft of the new climate change agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, in December this year.In February 2015, governments were abl... More detail
Manu Samoa commemorates SPREP Day with Samoa!
2 July 2015, Apia, Samoa - Players of the Manu Samoa team helped celebrate SPREP day today, along with over 400 school students and general visitors to the campus in Samoa.
SPREP opened its doors to the public to celebrate the day the SPREP Treaty was signed, welcoming schools and the local community to spend time at SPREP to learn more about the intergovernmental regional e... More detail