Cir#21/51: 1. Seeking Comments on Draft Regional Marine Species Programme 2022-2026. 2. Participation in Regional Marine Species Programme Online Meeting.

This is a follow-up to SPREP Circulars 20/24 and 21/30, advising of the review of the Regional Marine Species Programme 2013-2017 and proposal to hold Regional online meetings 28 July–3 August to further discuss the Programme; and the Meeting of Signatories to the Pacific Cetacean MOU on the 5-6 August.

Cir#21/50: Save the Date - SPREP PACRES Steering Committee Meeting - 27 July 2021.

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 PACRES Steering Committee Meeting on 27 July 2021.

Cir#21/49: Concept Notes on the proposed establishment of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Biodiversity Coalition and SIDS 10-year Capacity Development Roadmap under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Global Biodiversity Framework.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), convened a Talanoa session on 3 June 2021 that brought together CBD Biodiversity Focal Points to discuss enhancing SIDS’ capacities in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) discussions and negotiations on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework .

Cir#21/48: Comments and Feedback - Draft Provisional Agenda for the 30th SPREP Meeting 7-9 September 2021

Further to SPREP Circular 21/12 of 15 February 2021, please find attached the draft provisional agenda for the 30th SPREP Meeting to convene virtually on 7-9 September 2021 in Samoa.

Cir#21/47: Update on the Third Independent Corporate Review of SPREP and Mid-Term Review of the SPREP Strategic Plan 2017-2026.

This serves as an update on the Third Independent Corporate Review of SPREP and Mid- Term Review of the SPREP Strategic Plan 2017-2026.

Cir#21/46: Invitation to SPREP Open Day 16 June 2021.

As you are aware, this year, SPREP will be celebrating 28 years on 16 June. To recognize this special day, the Secretariat will be hosting an Open Day on Wednesday 16 June at the SPREP Campus.

Cir#21/44: Invitation to the SIDS support webinar on IPCC AR6 WGI (Physical Science Basis) FGD Review – 3 June 2021 (Virtual).

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

Cir#21/45: Invitation: Talanoa session on Enhancing SIDS’ capacities in the Global Biodiversity Framework and S.A.M.O.A Pathway by supporting SIDS Biodiversity Coalition and SIDS 10-year capacity building development Roadmap

We would like to invite you to a talanoa session on enhancing SIDS’ capacities in addressing priorities and challenges in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the need for a strong coordination among SIDS at both the technical and political levels in the ongoing deliberations to develop the Framework to be held virtually on Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 12:30pm (Samoan time). The Agenda is attached in Annex 1.

Cir#21/43: SPREP Vacancies

Applications are invited for the following Senior Leadership positions within the Secretariat.
Director, Environmental Monitoring and Governance
• Director Waste Management and Pollution Control
• Legal Counsel

The closing date for applications is Friday 18th June 2021

Cir#21/42: Webinar: "Moving from Promise to Action

“Our Pacific Environment in a COVID-19 World” is the theme of the 2021 SPREP- led Webinar Series for which one webinar a quarter will be coordinated by each of our four programmes. These aim to empower our Pacific islands to build back from the impacts of COVID-19, while complementing a sustainable Pacific environment and to help bring our environmental concerns to the fore.

Cir#21/41: Call for nominations: Virtual training “Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Mitigation” Date: 23 June – 28 July 2021, Pacific Climate Change Centre, SPREP, Apia, Samoa.

We are pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the sixth regional training on “Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Mitigation”. The training will be held from 23 June – 28 July 2021 through the e-learning platform hosted by the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) in Apia, Samoa. This training is made possible through the Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific (CBCRP-PCCC) in partnership with JICA, and the Government of Samoa.

Cir#21/40: Expression of Interest - Waste Management and Recycling Technology, Waste Items for Recovery and Recycling.

We are excited to inform you that the PacWastePlus programme together with the Waste Management and Pollution Control Programme, is releasing the following Expressions of Interest to assist Pacific Island Countries to managing problems wastes generated in region.
• EOI – Register of waste management and recycling technologies
• EOI – Register of companies that will accept waste items for recovery or recycling

Cir#21/39: Seventh Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Pacific Regional Centre for Trainging and Technology Transfer for the joint implementation of the Waigani and Basel Convention (SCPRC-7)

As agreed, to in the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Waigani Convention (COP-9) held in Apia in September in 2019, we are pleased to advise that the Seventh Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Pacific Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the joint implementation of the Waigani and Basel Convention (SCPRC-7) will be held on the 29th of June 2021. Due to the current COVID pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually.

Cir#21/38: Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Waigani Convention (COP-11) 03 September 2021

We are pleased to advise that the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to The Convention to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and the Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific Region (Waigani Convention) will be held virtually on the 03rd September 2021, prior to the 30th SPREP meeting.
 

Cir#21/37: SPREP Vacancy

Applications are invited for the following Senior Leadership position within the Secretariat.
• Director, Island and Ocean Ecosystems

The closing date for applications is Friday 11th June 2021.

Cir#21/36: Invitation to PSIDS virtual preparatory meeting for the Climate Conference Intersessional, 20 May 2021.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in collaboration with Climate Analytics through the IMPACT project, will convene a pre-intersessional virtual meeting on Thursday 20th May 2021, 11:00AM - 1:30PM, Samoa local time.

Cir#21/35: Eight Meeting of the Waigani Convention Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC-8)

As agreed, to in the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Waigani Convention (COP-9) held in Apia in September in 2019, we are pleased to advise that the Eight Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC-8) of the Waigani Convention will be held on the 23rd of June 2021. Due to the current COVID pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually.

Cir#21/34: Nomination Form and Template for National Country Reports to the Sixteenth Meeting of the Noumea Convention: 2nd September 2021, 12:00pm to 5:00pm (Samoa Time)

We refer to the earlier SPREP Circular 21/25, dated 12 April 2021, circulating the Provisional Agenda to the Sixteenth Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region and related Protocols (Noumea Convention) scheduled to be held virtually on 2 of September 2021 and at the above times.

Cir#21/33: Invitation: Virtual technical session titled "Soil biodiversity - an important topic for the Pacific Islands", 12 May 2021.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), are hosting the above-mentioned on-line session on the 12 May 2021, 1pm - 2.30pm, Fiji local time.

Cir#21/32: Invitation to the Pacific Climate Change Centre Advisory Board Virtual Meeting 12 May 2021

On behalf of the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), we invite you to a virtual meeting of the PCCC Advisory Board on 12 May 2021, Samoa date and time.

Cir#21/31: Enhancing Access to Climate Finance through the Adaptation Fund

The Adaptation Fund recently announced at its 36th Adaptation Fund Board meeting it would double the amount of funding that countries can access from the Fund. The Fund's cap on single country project funding is being raised from US$10 million to US$20 million. Currently within the Pacific, only four countries are accessing the country allocation, reflecting historical trends.

The Meeting date: Thursday 13 May, 2021

Cir#21/30: Regional Meetings - Marine Species Programme and Action Plans

Following consultations on the progress on the Regional Marine Species Programme and Action Plans (2013-2017) we are updating and refreshing the plans, incorporating the Sharks and Rays Action Plan into the programme, and adding a new plan for seabirds. We will be sharing these drafts by the end of May for comments, followed by a series of Regional online meetings (Draft Agenda attached) to discuss and finalise these plans. We expect to be able to arrange endorsement of the new Regional Marine Species Programme and Action Plans 2021-2026 by countries, following this process and meetings.

Cir#21/29: Invitation to attend the Regional Dialogue - “Pacific Climate Change Centre -Promise and Offer to Pacific Island Countries amid the pandemic."

We are delighted to invite you to attend the Regional Dialogue on 'Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) - Promise and Offer' to Pacific Island countries amid the pandemic, 26 - 27 May 2021. The dialogue will be hosted through a blended platform - face to face for participants in Samoa (PCCC) and virtual (via zoom) for participants outside Samoa.

Cir#21/28: Understanding use of weather, climate and climate change services (information & data) for decision making.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in collaboration with the University of Tasmania: ISF, Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia - Pacific Climate Partnership (APCP) and Climate and Ocean Support Programme in the Pacific project (COSPPac) is undertaking an analysis on the use and uptake of climate change and climate services data and information in the Pacific region.

Cir#21/27: Out-of-Session Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council to consider the Weather Ready Pacific Decadal Investment Programme.

It is with pleasure to invite members of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC), namely, the Directors and Heads of National Meteorological Services to attend an Out-of-Session (Virtual) PMC meeting to be held on the 5th of May 2021 at 2pm (Samoa local time) or 5th May 20at 1am(UTC/GMT).

Cir#21/25: Provisional Agenda for the Sixteenth Meeting of the Noumea Convention: 2nd Sepember 2021, 12:00pm to 5:00pm (Samoa Time)

Further on SPREP Circular 21/18, dated 11 March 2021, notifying the Sixteenth Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region and related Protocol (Noumea Convention) scheduled to be held virtually on the 2nd of September 2021 and at the above times.

Cir#21/24: Third Clean Pacific Roundtable 2021 - Confirmed Dates

We are pleased to advise that the Third Clean pacific Roundtable (CPRT) and associated events will be held virtually from 5-14 October 2021 given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cir#21/23: SPREP Published Knowledge Resources - Quarter One, 2021 Update.

To ensure that you receive the latest and most recent information on SPREP publications, knowledge products and resources. Please find the first quarterly update of SPREP's published knowledge resources and publications for your information and use.

Cir#21/22: One CROP+ preparations for UNFCCC COP26 engagement

This serves as an update on the work planned and undertaken to assist the Pacific region prepare for COP26 and related meetings.

Cir#21/20: Job Opportunities

Applications are invited for the following positions that are being advertised with SPREP Apia, Samoa;

1. Solid Waste Management Adviser.

2. Spatial Analysis Specialist - Protected Areas.

The closing date for applications is as follows;

  • Friday, 16 April 2021