Cir#20/75: Agreed Outcomes of the Second SPREP Executive Board Meeting (2 - 4 September 2020)

The SPREP Executive Board successfully held its Second Meeting on 2 - 4 September 2020 on a virtual platform. We are pleased to forward the Outcomes Report of the Meeting for your information. Please note that the French version will be sent to French speaking Members as soon as it is available.

Cir#20/74: Invitation: Virtual Comprehensive Climate Change Risk Management Meeting, 23 - 24 September 2020

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), in cooperation with UNEP and GIZ, through the Comprehensive Climate Change Risk Management in the Pacific project will convene the Virtual Comprehensive Climate Change Risk Management Meeting, 23 - 24 September 2020.

Cir#20/73: Project Design and Management Toolkits

Over the past few months, the European Union funded PacWastePlus team has been working closely with representatives from the governments of the participating countries to assist with the development of country-based waste management and minimisation projects

Cir#20/72: 2019 SPREP Annual Report

We are pleased to present the 2019 Annual Report for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The Report provides an overview of the Secretariat's activities in support of our Pacific Island Country and Territory Members for 2019.

Cir#20/71: Introducing New Staff

SPREP is pleased to announce the following appointments.

Cir#20/70: Logistical arrangements - Virtual Meeting for the Second SPREP Executive Board Meeting from 2-4 September 2020

Further to Circular 20/57 of 3 July 2020, this circular provides an update on arrangements in place for SPREP's 2nd Executive Board Meeting, to be held virtually from 2 -4 September 2020.

Cir#20/69: Indicator-based reporting for the Regional State of Environment and Conservation report

Further to the SPREP Circular 19/44 on the above-mentioned matter, we are pleased to inform you that the development of the 2020 Regional State of the Environment and Conservation report (SoE&C) is progressing well. A brief update is provided for information and additional input as indicated.

Cir#20/68: Call for nominations: Virtual training on "Climate Science - observed climate change and future climate projections", 16-25 Sept 2020, Pacific Climate Change Centre, SPREP, Apia, Samoa.

Further to SPREP Circular 20/65 on July, we are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the second regional training on "Climate Science - observed climate change and future climate projections" to be held on the 16 - 25 Sept 2020 through a virtual platform and the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) in Apia, Samoa, prepared through the Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific (CBCRP-PCCC) in partnership with JICA and the Government of Samoa

Cir#20/67: Global and Regional Frameworks - Chemicals and Waste Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Publication

We are excited to provide recent developed publication titled "Global and Regional Frameworks - Chemicals and Waste Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs)"

Cir#20/66: Invitation to Comment on Pacific Coral Reef Action Plan

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme is working with members to develop a Pacific Coral Reef Action Plan.

Cir#20/65: "Save the Date" for the virtual training on "Climate Science"by CBCRP-PCCC, 16-25 September 2020, Pacific Climate Change Centre, SPREP, Samoa

We are please to inform you that the Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific (CBCRP-PCCC) in partnership with JICA and the Government of Samoa will hold its second regional training "Climate Science" on 16-25 September through a virtual platform and the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) in Apia, Samoa. This is notification of the training schedule, which comprises of offline self-learning with materials to be shared on 2nd September, three 2-hours virtual sessions on 16,22 and 25 September and six 1-hour virtual group work meetings on 23 and 24 September.

Cir#20/64: Invitation and Arrangements - Virtual Meeting for the Second SPREP Executive Board Meeting from 2 - 4 September 2020

Further to Circular 20/57 of 3 July 2020, this circular provides an update on arrangements in place for SPREP's 2nd Executive Board Meeting, to be held virtually from 2 - 4 September 2020.

Cir#20/62: FOLLOW UP TO DECISION WC-7 OF THE TENTH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE WAIGANI CONVENTION

SPREP in its capacity as the Secretariat of the Waigani Convention is following up on outcomes of the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties held in Samoa on 30th August 2019. In particular, we wish to request all Parties to act upon Decision WC-7 that called for review of the Waigani Convention.

Cir#20/63: Invitation for the Pacific Regional Virtual Workshop on the CBD Post-2020 Draft 0.5 and Process Forward: 16th July 2020

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme will convene a Pacific Regional virtual workshop on the CBD Post-2020 Draft 0.5 and Process forward, on the 16th July 2020 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Samoan Time).

Cir#20/61: Invitation: Virtual PACRES Steering Committee Meeting 19-20 August 2020

The Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) through ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) will convene the Virtual PACRES Steering Committee Meeting 19-20 August 2020.

Cir#20/60: Invitation: Virtual PCCP User Requirements Workshop 18 August 2020

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) will convene the Virtual Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP) User Requirements Workshop on 18 August 2020.

Cir#20/59: PROCESS FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR 2021 - SEEKING COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE JOB DESCRIPTION

As agreed to at the 29 SPREP Meeting in Apia last year, the Secretariat would kickstart the preparation process for the recruitment of the Director General (DG) position in the last half of 2020 through direct communication with all members regarding the process and requirements in line with the Rules of Procedure for the Appointment of the Director General, so that a report with a recommendation is ready to be considered by the SPREP Meeting in 2021.

Cir#20/58: 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservsation and Protected Areas

We are pleased to inform you that SPREP, the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) and the Government of New Caledonia as organising partners, will now be hosting the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas virtually from the 24th - 27th November, 2020.

Cir#20/56: SPREP Vacancy

Applications are invited for the following position. This is a locally recruited position and only residents of the North Pacific Island countries are eligible to apply.

WASTE MANAGEMENT AND POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAMME

  • PacWastePlus Regional Project Officer, Republic of the Marshall Islands

The closing date for applications is Friday 21st July 2020

Cir#20/57: Second SPREP Executive Board Meeting 2-4 September 2020 and Friends of the Chair on Sustainable Financing

Further to SPREP Circular 20/51, please find attached the latest version of the draft provisional agenda for the Second SPREP Executive Board meeting and the suggested working hours of the meeting. The provisional agenda has been tightened to reflect the virtual format that has been adopted, precipitated by the impacts of COVID-19 that prevents the meeting from convening face to face.

Cir#20/55: Introducing New Staff

SPREP is pleased to announced the following appointments and engagements.

Cir#20/53: SPREP Vacancy

Applicants are invited for the following postition

CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE PROGRAMME

  • Technical Adviser, Pacific Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Hub

The closing date for applications is Friday 17th July 2020

Cir#20/54: Pacific Climate Change Portal User Requirements Virtual Workshop and Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) Virtual Steering Committee Meeting, 18-20 August 2020

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through the EU-funded Intra - ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) will convene the Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP) User Requirements Virtual Workshop on the 18th August 2020 and the PACRES Virtual Steering Committee Meeting on 19 - 20 August 2020.

Cir#20/52: Turtle Research and Database System (TREDS)

You may be aware that SPREP intends to upgrade the current Turtle Research and Database System (TREDS) which is an Access database system we have had for many years capturing turtle data from the region, to a more user-friendly cloud web-based system. In the interim, we have an opportunity to produce some useful outputs from the existing TREDS database through a collaboration with the EU-OACPS Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme. This would require access to the data from database to undertake analysis and produce a series of high-quality maps that will support decision making based on scientific data in the future. These would become part of a final output report from the old database, to be shared with PICTs. The analysis of the data will be carried out by Mr. Unity Roebeck, Turtle Database and Conservation officer in collaboration with the BIOPAMA Geographic and Information System (GIS) expert.

Cir#20/51: Draft Provisional Agenda for the Second SPREP Executive Board 3 - 4 September 2020

Further to SPREP circular 20/38 of 1 May 2020, please find attached the draft provisional agenda for the Second SPREP Executive Board meeting to convene on 3 -4 September 2020 in Samoa.

Cir#20/50: Invitation for Global Climate Alliance Plus (GCCA+) Scaling Up Pacific Adaptation (SUPA) Countries Joint Virtual Session, 26 June 2020.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Programme, through the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) Scaling Up Pacific Adaptation (SUPA) Project will convene its Joint Virtual Session with GCCA+ SUPA countries on the 26th of June 2020 from 12:00 - 1:30pm (Samoa Time).

Cir#20/49: Invitation to the Virtual Pacific Post-COP25 Analysis Meeting, 23-25 June 2020

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) will convene the Virtual Pacific Post-COP25 Analysis Meeting 23-25 June 2020.

Cir#20/48: SPREP webinar series

On 12 June 2020 the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme is launching a webinar series focusing on "Transitioning to a post - pandemic Pacific". This series of webinars focusses on the crucial environmental considerations needed within post-COVID19 recovery planning to ensure we are preparing the way to a sustainable and resilient Pacific future.

Cir#20/47: Update on the Pacific Learning Partnership on Environmental and Social Sustainability (PLP/ESS)

The purpose of this circular is to update you on the Pacific Learning Partnership for Environmental and Social Sustainability (PLP/ESS) which was established in April 2019 and was subsequently  endorsed by the 29th SPREP Meeting in 2019 as one of the key activities to be undertaken by the Secretariat as part of its 2020-2021 Work Programme under Regional Goal 4.

Cir#20/45: Technical Assistance - Register of Consultants for PacWastePlus In-country Project Development

As part of the PacWastePlus (PWP) Programmes continued efforts to meaningful engagement with member countries focal points, the programme team acknowledge that countries may need additional support on the development of project concepts for in-country interventions.