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A wave of Pacific partnerships in action for our Ocean Healt... A wave of Pacific partnerships in action for our Ocean Health As caretakers of the world's largest ocean basin, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with Members and global partners have committed to four different partnerships f... More detail
Our Ocean Biodiversity: Pacific Conversations with SPREP Our Ocean Biodiversity: Pacific Conversations with SPREP In June this year, the Pacific islands are amplifying their voice at the United Nations Ocean Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below ... More detail
Women leading ocean action Women leading ocean action The action of women is a key part of reaching Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Under Water. At the United Nations Ocean Conference from 5 – 9 June in New York this year, an event on day one wil... More detail
Plastic Ocean or Pacific Ocean? Plastic Ocean or Pacific Ocean?  Pacific Conversations with SPREPIn June this year, the Pacific islands are amplifying their voice at the United Nations Ocean Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, focusing on Sustainable Dev... More detail
Our Ocean and Tourism: Pacific Conversations with SPREP Our Ocean and Tourism:  Pacific Conversations with SPREP In June this year, the Pacific islands are amplifying their voice at the United Nations Ocean Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below ... More detail
Vanuatu initiates action to achieve global biodiversity targ... Vanuatu initiates action to achieve global biodiversity target on protected areas Vanuatu is a stronghold of biodiversity in the Pacific islands region and there are many sites throughout the country that have high conservation value owing to their role as key habitats for vulnerab... More detail
Vanuatu’s protected areas: let the mapping begin! Vanuatu’s protected areas: let the mapping begin! A training in open-source Geographic Information System software, a spatial analytical programme that allows users to create, view, store and analyse data in real-world coordinates, was completed in A... More detail
New MoUs to strengthen marine protection in the Pacific regi... New MoUs to strengthen marine protection in the Pacific region The Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference gave us much to celebrate. Two new agreements were signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), one with Blue Planet ... More detail
Pacific Conversations with SPREP: What's wet and green and l... Pacific Conversations with SPREP: What's wet and green and linked to climate change? In June this year, the Pacific islands are amplifying their voice at the United Nations Ocean Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below ... More detail
Whales important for growing industry Whales important for growing industry By Iliesa Tora, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC).NUKU'ALOFA (Environment): Whale watching is a growing industry t... More detail
Whale sanctuary opens up tourism opportunity for Tokelau Whale sanctuary opens up tourism opportunity for Tokelau By Tupou Taumoepeau for the Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference6 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - "There is a potential market for Whale watching in Tokelau with good regional models to support the ... More detail
11 SPREP members sign on to Pacific Whale Declaration 11 SPREP members sign on to Pacific Whale Declaration 6 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - The Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference closed on a high note today with 11 countries signing on to the Pacific Islands Year of the Whale Declaration.The declarati... More detail
Founder of Oma Tafua drives whale conservation in Niue Founder of Oma Tafua drives whale conservation in Niue By Tupou Taumoepeau for the Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference6 April 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - The stories of whale conservation from a Pacific island woman have been carried from the waters of Ni... More detail
Whale Poo and Climate Change on the agenda at Pacific whale ... Whale Poo and Climate Change on the agenda at Pacific whale conference 5 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - What do whale excrement and climate change have in common? More than you may think, according to a special report on Climate Change and Whales that was presented bef... More detail
Art exhibition relays messages on Whales protection Art exhibition relays messages on Whales protection By Iliesa Tora, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC).NUKU'ALOFA (MEIDECC): Art can be a great tool to pass on the mes... More detail
Sea and whales are Lahaina's best friends Sea and whales are Lahaina's best friends By Iliesa Tora, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC).NUKU'ALOFA (MEIDECC): She fought her biggest fear, the sea, and ... More detail
New Zealand announces funding to support whale research in N... New Zealand announces funding to support whale research in Niue By Tupou Taumoepeau for the Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference5 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - Research to further help unlock the secrets of the Oceania Humpback Whale in Niue will take place wi... More detail
Protecting Ocean Giants in the Cook Islands Protecting Ocean Giants in the Cook Islands "We recognise the value and importance that whales play in our oceans, environment, economy and more importantly, our culture." – Hon Kiriau Turepu, Minister of Environment, Cook Islands4 April, 201... More detail
Pacific leadership shines on whale conservation Pacific leadership shines on whale conservation "By looking after our oceans to protect our whales, we also look after ourselves and future generations of both whales and people," – Mr Kosi Latu Director General, SPREP4 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, T... More detail
Tonga reaffirms commitment to protect whales Tonga reaffirms commitment to protect whales By Iliesa Tora, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC).NUKU'ALOFA (MEIDECC): The Government of Tonga has reaffirmed its... More detail
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