Cir#21/148: Upgraded Data Portal Launch.

The Environmental Monitoring and Governance (EMG) Programme of SPREP is currently executing the GEF funded Inform Project, implemented through UN Environment, which has supported and delivered several key targeted interventions to support environmental decision making in the region.

Cir#21/145: Final Combined Report of the 30th SPREP Meeting of Officials, 7-9 September 2021 and Special SPREP Meeting,15 October 2021.

The Secretariat is pleased to attach the following reports for your information and record.

  1. Combined Report of the 30SM of Officials and Special SPREP Meeting; and
  2. The Approved 2022/2023 Work Programme and Budget
Cir#21/144: Launch of the first Pacific Climate Change Centre Open-Learning program under the PCCC e-Learning Platform. First Program: “Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction through structural approaches”.

The Secretariat is pleased to inform you that the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) launches their first Open-Learning program under the PCCC Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific (CBCRP-PCCC). The Open-Learning program is designed primarily for entry-level to mid-level practitioners from governments and non-government institutions including the private sector and is open through self-registration on the PCCC e-Learning Platform.

Cir#21/143: Launch of the Interactive State of Environment (SOE) Webpage.

The Environmental Monitoring and Governance (EMG) Programme of SPREP is currently executing the GEF funded Inform Project, implemented through UN Environment, which has supported and delivered several key targeted interventions to support environmental decision making in the region.

Cir#21/142: Expression of Interest – Vanuatu C-band Weather Radar.

We are excited to inform you that the Vanuatu Climate Information Services for Resilient Development Project (Van-KIRAP) with the Climate Change Resilience Programme, is releasing the following Expression of Interest. The EOI aims to identify potential suppliers and service providers to supply, install, train, commission, handover the operation and maintenance to Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) and provide post installation support.

Cir#21/141: Pacific Region Agreement on Prevention of Pollution by Marine Litter and Microplastics.

Recalling the Noumea Convention COP16 Meeting where the development of a Regional Framework was agreed and the possibility of implementation by way of a Protocol discussed, the Secretariat is pleased to circulate a zero draft of potential elements, including sample text, for consideration towards the development of the draft Regional Framework. The draft Regional Framework would serve as the starting point for diplomatic negotiations for the Pacific Region, on marine litter and plastic pollution.

Cir#21/140: Invitation to the SIDS support webinar on IPCC AR6 WGII (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) Final Government Distribution (FGD) Review – November 18, 2021. Blended Platforms – Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) and Virtual.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) Pacific Climate Change Centre and Climate Analytics would like to warmly invite you to the fourth webinar in the series for the IPCC support project for SIDS.

Cir#21/139: Final Report of the Eleventh Conference of the Parties to the Waigani Convention

The Secretariat would like to thank you for your engagement in the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Waigani Convention (CoP 11) which was held virtually on the 3rd of September 2021.

Cir#21/138: Call to Register and Join the Pacific Conversation at the Third Clean Pacific RoundTable (CPRT) 2021

We have a few more weeks to the 3rd Clean Pacific Roundtable 2021 which will to be virtually held on the 16th – 25th November 2021. The Secretariat is pleased to inform you that REGISTRATION is still opened, and we encourage you to register and “Join in the Pacific Conversation”.

Cir#21/137: SPREP Meeting Communique.

The Secretariat would like to acknowledge the participation and engagement of the Ministers and High-Level representatives in the SPREP Ministers’ High-Level Talanoa “Accelerating Actions for a Resilient Blue Pacific”, held on 10 September 2021, which canvassed some of the most important challenges facing our region today.

Cir#21/134: Meeting Record and Summary of the Outcomes from the 16th Conference of the Parties to the Noumea Convention.

The Secretariat is pleased to attach the final Meeting Record and Summary of the Outcomes from the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Noumea Convention in both English and French languages.

Cir#21/133: Climate Information and Early Warning Systems, One Pacific Programme.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Pacific Programming dialogue in June 2021 provided a clear indication on its Pacific focus areas, namely:

  1. Marine and Coastal Eco-systems and Fisheries;
  2. Climate Information and Service; and
  3. Food, Agriculture and Water Security.
Cir#21/132: Climate Information and Early Warning Systems, One Pacific Programme.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Pacific Programming dialogue in June 2021 provided a clear indication on its Pacific focus, namely:

  1. Marine and Coastal Eco-systems and Fisheries;
  2. Climate Information and Service; and
  3. Food, Agriculture and Water Security

A stocktake of current similar projects /programmes in the climate information and service focus area under implementation includes the GCF-funded Vanuatu Klaemet Infomesen blong Redy, Adapt mo Protekt (VAN-KiRAP), and Enhancing Climate Information and Knowledge Services for resilience in five island countries (Tuvalu, Marshal Islands, Cook Islands, Palau and Niue) in the Pacific Ocean, and the European Union (EDF-11) funded Intra ACP Climate Services and related applications in the Pacific ACP region.

Cir#21/131: Call for nominations: Pacific Climate Change Centre virtual training on “Enhancing Climate Resilience in Tourism in the Pacific” 24 January – 18 February 2022.

The Secretariat is pleased to inform you that nominations are being accepted for the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) eighth regional training on “Enhancing Climate Resilience in Tourism in the Pacific”. This training is a core activity of the PCCC Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific (CBCRP-PCCC), to be delivered in collaboration with the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO). The training will be held from 24 January – 18 February 2022 through the PCCC e-learning platform. Kindly note that this training will be delivered in both English and French.

Cir#21/130: Information note on the Pacific Climate Change Centre schedule of training programs for 2022, implemented under the Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific.

The Secretariat would like to advice you of the updated schedule of training programs for the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) in 2022. The training programs will be implemented under the PCCC Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific” (CBCRP-PCCC) in partnership with the Government of Samoa and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Cir#21/129: Final Report – 30th SPREP Meeting of Officials.

The Secretariat is pleased to attach the Final report of the 30th SPREP Meeting of Officials. The French version of this report will be shared as soon as available.

Cir#21/128: Pacific Region Agreement on Prevention of Pollution by Marine Litter and Microplastics.

The Secretariat is please to advise that the University of Wollongong, Australia, has been engaged to facilitate the development of a draft non-negotiated framework for the Pacific Region on marine litter and plastic pollution.

Cir#21/125: Expression of Interest - Potential used oil refinery and processing systems for Pacific Islands.

We are pleased to inform you that the SWAP (Committing to Sustainable Waste Actions in the Pacific) project is releasing an Expression of Interest to assist Pacific islands countries and territories in managing used oil problems generated in the region. This EOI aims to establish a register of companies that may have technology available to assist PICs to set up a System of Processing/Recovery of used oils adapted to each local specificity.

Cir#21/126: Webinar: “Understanding Current & Future Climate Change: Science-based Application for Pacific Resilience”.

Pacific islanders are leading the charge on climate change and are taking bold actions to build resilience of its communities and fostering economic growth. As vulnerable nations to climate change and natural hazards, like tropical cyclones, droughts and floods the demand for reliable, accessible, and tailored scientific information for decision making is paramount.

Cir#21/124: Working Papers for the 30SM Special Meeting (virtual) on 15 October 2021.

Further to Circular 21/117 of 27 September 2021, please find attached the following working papers for the Special SPREP meeting:

  • WP 2 – Adoption of Agenda and Suggested hours of work.
  • WP 2/Att.1 – Provisional Agenda.
  • WP 2/Att.2 – Suggested hours of work.
  • WP 3.1 – SPREP 3rd Independent Corporate Review and Mid-Term Review of the SPREP Strategic Plan 2017-2026 Report.
  • WP 3.1/Att.1 – Final Report of the Third Independent Corporate Review of SPREP and Mid-Term Review of the Strategic Plan 2017 – 2026. (Refer Circular#21/108)
  • WP 3.2 – Review of Staff Remuneration Terms and Conditions will be circulated as soon as available.
Cir#21/123: Invitation to the High-Level Launch Event: Amplifying our Pacific Voice at UNFCCC COP26 through Political Climate Champions

Hosted Virtually from the Pacific Climate Change Centre, SPREP. Tuesday 5 October 2021. 11:00-12:00 Samoa Local Time.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the One CROP Plus team, have the honour to invite you to the Official Launch Event of the UNFCCC COP26 Political Climate Champions initiative on Tuesday 5th of October 2021. The event will be held at 11:00 am and ends at 12noon Samoa Local Time.

Cir#21/122: Action on 30th SPREP Meeting Paper 8.4.1

Following the decision by the 2021 SPREP Meeting on SPREP paper 8.4.1, the Secretariat would like to inform you that the Environment Monitoring and Governance Programme through the Inform Project is developing a full project proposal for the scaling up of the Inform Project and has outlined the key components of Inform Plus.

Cir#21/121: Completion of the Sixteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Noumea Convention on 2 September 2021.

We take this opportunity to convey our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Parties of the Noumea Convention for your invaluable contributions and interventions during the Sixteenth Meeting of the Parties held on 2 September 2021. Despite the challenges associated with virtual platforms and connections, we were encouraged by the Parties’ clarity of views and guidance.

Cir#21/120: Webinar training: “How to get the best out of the Pacific Network for Environmental Assessment (PNEA)”, facilitated by "Environmental Monitoring and Governance”.

The Secretariat, as part of its commitment to strengthening national sustainable development planning through use of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA), and spatial planning, will be hosting a virtual training webinar on how to get the best out of the Pacific Network for Environmental Assessment (PNEA) portal on 08th October 2021, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Samoa time)

Cir#21/119: Development of Regional Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Indicators.

As part of the Secretariats commitment to environmental monitoring (SPREP Strategic Plan 2017-2026), the development of environmental datasets and indicators is one of the exciting priorities for the organization in the next five (5) years. Collection of environmental data is often costly, and the Secretariat is seeking to increase support for Pacific Island countries by finding synergistic ways to capitalising on collection events and streamline environmental reporting. One such opportunity comes from tracking the performance and improvement in environmental impact assessment (EIA) application and enforcement in the region, along with to storing of the data from EIAs in government databases.

Cir#21/117: Special SPREP Meeting – 15 October 2021 @12.00 – 5.00pm Samoa local time

At the conclusion of the 30th SPREP Meeting in September, Members proposed and endorsed a Special SPREP Meeting to discuss 2 agenda items below:

  1. Agenda Item 6.1: SPREP 3rd Independent Corporate Review and Mid-Term Review of the SPREP Strategic Plan 2017 – 2026: Initial findings; and
  2. Agenda Item 6.4: Review of Staff Remuneration: Terms and Conditions

SPREP is pleased to invite Members to attend this Special Meeting to be convened virtually on 15 October 2021 from 12.00pm – 5.00pm Samoa local time. Please find attached Provisional Agenda for your information and feedback

Cir#21/115: Job Opportunities.

Applications are invited for the following positions within the Secretariat.

  1.  Project Manager - Pacific Ocean Litter Project (POLP) – Re-advertisement.(Previous applicants do not need to re-apply as all applications received will be considered)
  2. Project Manager, ISLANDS Pacific Child Project (PMIPCP)

The closing date for applications is Friday 15th October 2021.

Cir#21/116: Implementation of the Coral Reef Action Plan – Phase One Consultations.

The Pacific Coral Reef Action Plan was endorsed by the 30th SPREP meeting on Wednesday 8 September, 2021. The Plan, which was compiled in consultation with Members and scientific and NGO partners, identifies eight priority action areas where regional cooperation can assist Member Countries and Territories to progress management of coral reefs which face multiple pressures.

Cir#21/114: Introducing New Staff

SPREP is pleased to announce the following appointments within the Secretariat.

Cir#21/113: Pacific Regional Declaration on the Prevention of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution and its Impacts.

The Secretariat is pleased to provide you with the Pacific Regional Declaration on the Prevention of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution and its Impacts that was presented at the Environment Ministers’ High-Level Talanoa on the 10th of September which is now available for voluntary endorsement until the 25 November 2021.