EU and SPREP take action on asbestos in the Pacific
Asbestos has been used for decades in a variety of building, plumbing, electrical, automotive and other applications due to its strength and heat resistant properties. However, unfortunately the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibres can place individuals at risk of cancer and a variety of lung diseases. The European Union and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment ... More detail
Blue Eco-Tourism, a sustainable future for the Pacific islands
The Blue Days Project aims to strengthen marine ecotourism in the Pacific islands region, starting with a regional conference hosted in French Polynesia next week from 1 - 5 June.Combining economic growth, a respect for natural resources and Oceania culture is at the core of the Blue Days Project that will see more than 50 delegates, practitioners and experts come together for ... More detail
Celebrating International Biodiversity Day: Spotlight on Tonga
Promising results from a survey of marine and terrestrial biodiversity in Tonga has led to the proposal for five conservation sites in the Vava'u islands now awaiting government approval.A Rapid Biological Assessment Survey conducted last year covered 14 islands over 16 days resulting in 29 new island species records for reptiles across the Vava'u Island Group.
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Planning to battle invasive species in Wallis and Futuna
Black rats, Norway rats, Polynesian rats, little fire ants, giant African snails, Rosy-wolf snail, mile-a-minute vine, feral dogs, feral cats, giant sensitive weeds, rain trees - the list of species impacting the islands of Wallis and Futuna continues to grow.A team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Conservation International (New Ca... More detail
New Pacific Climate Change Centre to be hosted at SPREP
The Governments of Samoa and Japan have united yet again in another historical landmark agreement that will help benefit Pacific island communities through the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The agreement was signed in Samoa by Mr. Yutaka Fukase of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Lavea Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea, CEO of Min... More detail
Strengthening Resilience: Walking the Weather Talk in Tonga
20 May, 2015, Nukualofa, Tonga - Understanding the role of the Meteorological Service and the terminology used when sharing information is at the core of training that opened in Tonga today.With the changing weather patterns and climate, the role of the weather in the day to day activities of Pacific island communities is crucial. This is the basis for work underway to help Met... More detail
The best PCCR ever, declares SPREP Director General
15 May 2015, Apia, Samoa, PCCR - As the curtain falls on yet another biennial conference on climate change for Pacific Island officials and their donor partners in Apia, lead organisers have labelled it the best conference to date."This has been the Fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) in this format and - in my view - it has been the best," David Sheppard, Director-G... More detail
Europe proposes seasonal workers scheme as adaptation options
15 May 2015, Apia, Samoa, PCCR - A European-initiative that looks into the plight of people displaced by natural disasters and the effects of climate change is proposing seasonal workers schemes as one of the adaptation options.
The Nansen Initiative says consultation in the Pacific indicates that while leaving one's country is the least preferred option, research recognises v... More detail
Speed dating for climate change solutions
15 May 2015, Apia, Samoa, PCCR - Speed dating at the marketplace, was on the agenda for the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, speed dating for climate change solutions that is.
A special evening event brought delegates together with development partners and the private sector in a market place atmosphere whereby delegates were able to spend time with each other to discuss fut... More detail