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.

Cir#20/46: SPREP Vacancies

Senior Management Position

  • Deputy Director General - Technical Programmes
  • Deputy Director General - Governance and Operations
  • Director, Waste Management & Pollution Control 

The closing date for application is Friday 26th June 2020.

Cir#20/44: Postponement of the Next Clean Pacific Roundtable

We would like to inform you that the next Clean Pacific Roundtable will be deferred to 2021.

Cir#20/43: Review of the Draft Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) Guidelines

Pursuant to the Twenty Ninth SPREP Meeting endorsement of the proposed process for finalizing the draft Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Guidelines, we are pleased to inform you of progress to date and to seek your views.

Cir#20/42: Non Detriment Findings for export and permitting processes for CITES Appendix II listed sea cucumbers in response to CITES Notification 2019/052

CITES is the global instrument for regulating the international trade in plants and animals to ensure such trade does not threaten their survival. Countries Party to CITES apply a common set of international rules to allow the legal international trade of CITES-listed species. Countries cannot trade in the 35,000 CITES-listed species with CITES Parties unless they trade consistently within CITES requirements.

Cir#20/40: SPREP Vacancy

CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE PROGRAMME

Manager, Pacific Climate Change Centre

Cir#20/41: Extension of deadline for comments on the Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) Membership Agreement (reference Cir# 20/23)

In reference to Cir# 20/23: Invite comments on the Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) Membership Agreement, we are pleased to advise an extension to the due date and invite further comments on the revised draft OSRL Membership Agreement documented by email to Anthony Talouli [email protected] no later than 31st May 2020

Cir#20/39: Electronic Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permitting system.

CITES is the global instrument for regulating international trade in wild plants and animals to ensure such trade does not threaten their survival. Member countries apply a common set of international rules for legal international trade in CITES-listed species using standardised permits and certificates. Countries cannot trade in the 35,000 CITES-listed species with CITES Parties unless they trade consistently with CITES requirements.

Cir#20/38: Dates for the SPREP Executive Board Meeting: 3 and 4 September 2020

The 2nd SPREP Executive Board Meeting is proposed to convene in Samoa hosted by the Secretariat on:

  • Thursday 3 September 2020
  • Friday 4 September 2020
Cir#20/37: Review of the Pacific Regional Waste and Pollution Management Strategy (Cleaner Pacific 2025)

SPREP, with funding assistance from UNEP, are now undertaking a mid-term review of the Cleaner Pacific 2025, to assess progress towards achieving the aims of the strategy, and to develop a new implementation plan.

 

Cir#20/35: Management of Medical Waste during COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and its impacts upon human health and the economy intensifies day-by-day, governments of SPREP Members are urged to treat waste management, including of medical, household and other hazardous waste, as an urgent and essential public service in order to minimize possible secondary impacts upon health and the environment.

Cir#20/34: Pacific Islands Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas 2020-2025: Survey for Pacific Island Countries and Territories

The 10th Pacific Island Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas will deliver a new Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas (2020-2025)

Cir#20/33: SPREP Update on Preventative Measures for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and Plans for Business Continuity.

Further to Circular 20/22 dated 20 March 2020, this serves to provide a brief update from the Secretariat on our medium-term plans working under these uncertain times of COVID-19. As many of you are aware there are strict health and travel advisories in place including border closures due to COVID-19, which restrict movement of SPREP staff within ans across the Pacific region. The State of Emergency in Samoa, the host Government of SPREP remains in effect until 2 May 2020.

Cir#20/32: Extension of Deadline and Status of GEF Islands Pacific CHILD Project

This circular serves to inform you all of the status of the GEF ISLANDS Pacific Child Project.

Cir#20/31: Member connectivity survey

As per SPREP Circular# 20/24 and follow-up email from DDG, the Secretariat would like to understand your internet connectivity status so that we can find the most effective ways to continue to support you while the CONVID-19 Pandemic prevents travel and face-to-face meetings, workshops and training activities.

Cir#20/30: SPREP Vacancy

WASTE MANAGEMENT & POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAMME

  • Technical Waste Project Coordinator, Sustainable Waste Actions in the Pacific (SWAP)
Cir#20/29: Introducing New Staff

SPREP is pleased to announce following appointments and engagements.

Cir#20/28: SPREP Vacancies

WASTE MANAGEMENT AND POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAMME

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Pacific Ocean Litter Project
  • Senior Project Officer, Pacific Ocean Litter Project
  • Communications and Stakeholder Officer, Pacific Ocean Litter Project
Cir#20/27: Cancellation: Pacific Post-COP25 Analysis Workshop and Training, 4-6 May 2020 (tentative), Pacific Climate Change Centre, Apia, Samoa.

This serves to advise that in considering the ongoing worldwidw effects of COVID-19, the convening of the Post-COP25 Analysis Workshop tentatively re-scheduled for 4-6 May 2020 in now Cancelled.