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.

Cir#20/26: Postponement of workshop - Pacific Climate Change Portal User Requirements Workshop,4-6 May 2020, and Intra-ACP GCCA+ PACRES Steering Committee Meeting, 7-8 May 2020, PCCC, Apia, Samoa

Further to Circular 20/04 circulated on 30th January 2020, the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) is informing its Member that the Pacific Climate Change Portal User Requirements Workshop, 4-6 May 2020 and the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) Steering Committee Meeting 7-8 May 2020 will be postponed due to current travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus situation in the region.

Cir#20/25F: Enquéte sur les capacités des Membres du PROE en matiére de connectivitié.

En I'absence  de mise en oeuvre de projets sur site,de réunions en personne et d'activitiés associées dan els pays du fait des restrictions imposées par la pandémie du COVID-19, le personnel du Secrétariat travaille désormais á distance. Nous nous attendons á ce que la situation actuelle se prolonge de quelques mois, si ce n'est plus, et nous allons donc continuer á travailler á distance avec les Membres du PROE afin de fournir des résultats réalistes.

Cir#20/25: Stocktake survey of SPREP Member connectivity capacities.

In the absence of in-country project implementation, face to face meetings and related in-country activities due to the limitations imposed by COVID-19 - the Secretariat is now carrying out its work remotely. We anticipate that the current situation is likely to continue for the next few months, if not longer, and therefore we will continue to work remotely with Members to deliver on realistic outcomes.

Cir#20/24: Regional Marine Species Programme Action Plans - Review.

As you may be aware, the Pacific Islands Regional Marine Species Programme 2013-2017 and action plans (RMSAPS) are under review with the intention to produce new plans for the period 2020-2025. As part of that review process, as has been done for previous iterations, we would like to undertake a review of progress on implementation of the current plans including identification of issues and challenges to assist with finalizing drafts of the new plans.

Cir#20/22: SPREP Update on Preventative Measures for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and Plans for Business Continuity

The Senior Management Team (SMT) met this morning to discuss the continued preventative measures for the protection of SPREP staff and the continued but limited services we will endeavour to provide to you all, noting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cir#20/21: Postponement of Workshop - Enhancing Action on Comprehensive Climate Change Risk Management in the Pacific Region, Pacific Climate Change Centre, Apia, Samoa (29th April - 1st May 2020)

Further to Circular 20/14 of 4th March 2020, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is informing that the workshop for the "Enhancing action on comprehensive climate change risk management in the Pacific Region" Project will have to be postponed in light of the ongoing travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus situation in the region.

Cir#20/20:Postponement of the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, 2020 due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This is to advise you that the Government of New Caledonia, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme  and the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation officially announced on 10th March 2020, the postponement of the 10th Pacific Island Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, which was scheduled to be held 19-24 April, due to the growing global concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cir#20/19:Joint CROP Advisory on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As part of the joint effort of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP), please find the second advisory shared by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat regarding the precautionary measures from each agency in respect of COVID-19.

Cir#20/18: Postponement of the Training - "Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

Regretfully we have had to postpone the second regional training on "Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction - adaption options of land use management and physical structures and human mobility"prepared through the Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific (CBCRP - PCCC) originally scheduled to be held on 20 April - 1 May 2020 at the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) in Api, Samoa, for which call for nominations was made through SPREP Circular 20/13 on 28 February. 

Cir#20/17: SPREP Advisory on Prevention Measures for the Coronavirus

SPREP Management Team have met today and please note the following:

  • All official SPREP travel is now cancelled until further notice.
  • The situation will be reviewed at the end of March.

Regional meetings that are postponed until further notice include the:

  • 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas; and
  • 2020 Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Change Conference.
Cir#20/16: Study Opportunity - Marine Turtles and Sharks

Dr Jason Turner of the University of Hawaii Hilo, is offering summer courses on marine turtles and sharks and marine conservation from 22 June to 31 July, 2020. These courses would provide a great opportunity for professional development for government staff involved in managing these marine species, particularly at a technical level.

Cir#20/15: Pacific Ocean Litter Project: Report of Inception Meeting 13-14 February 2020

Enclosed the Inception Meeting Outcomes report provides a summary of key topics and outcomes from the meeting and next steps for the project..

Cir#20/14: Invitation to Attend Workshop - Enhancing Action on Comprehensive Climate Change Risk Management in the Pacific Region, Pacific Climate Change Centre, 29 April - 1 May 2020,Apia, Samoa

SPREP in collaboration with UNEP, through the GIZ funded "Enhancing action on comprehensive climate change risk management in the Pacific Region" Project will convene a Pacific Workshop to consider progress in relation to the Pacific Islands Climate Change Insurance Facility.

Cir#20/13: Call for nominations: Training - "Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, 20 April - 1 May 2020, Pacific Climate Change Centre, Apia, Samoa

The second regional training on "Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction - adaptation options of land use management and physical structures and human mobility" 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#20/12: Pacific Regional Workshop on Developing Interim and Long-term Measures for ABS implementation, 15-17 April 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

SPREP has been able to secure a modest amount of funding to organise a Regional Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) workshop back to back with the 10th Pacific Nature Conference to be held in Noumea, New Caledonia.

Cir#20/11: Introducing SPREP Appointments

Please find the following appointments and engagements.

Cir#20/10: SAVE THE DATE: 29 April - 1 May 2020, Workshop - Enhancing Action on Comprehensive Climate Change Risk Management in the Pacific Region, Pacific Climate Change Centre, Apia, Samoa

SPREP through the GIZ funded "Enhancing action on Comprehensive climate change risk management in the Pacific Region" Project will convene a Pacific Workshop to conside progress in relation to the Pacific Islands Climate Change Insurance Facility.

Cir#20/09: 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, Tjibaou Cultural Center, Noumea, New Caledonia 19-24 April 2020

SPREP in partnership with the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) and the Government of New Caledonia will be hosting the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas at the Tjibaou Cultural Center Noumea, New Caledonia from the 19-24 April, 2020.

Cir#20/08: Joint Advisory from CROP on Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)

As part of the joint efforts of the Council of Regional Organisations (CROP) of the Pacific, please find attached an advisory from the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Chair of the CROP.

Cir#20/07: "Save the date"for the training on "Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction"by CBCRP-PCCC, 20 April - 1 May 2020, Pacific Climate Change Centre, SPREP, Apia, Samoa

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 Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction - land use and physical structures and planning solutions for disaster risk reduction".

Cir#20/06: Waste Management and Pollution Control Meetings (10-19 February 2020)

Further to our circular issued on the 31 January 2020 (circular number 20/05), this serves to inform you all of SPREP's intention to PROCEED with the meetings scheduled over the next two weeks in Nadi, Fiji.

Cir#20/05: SPREP ADVISORY ON PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

This serves to inform you all of the preventative measures SPREP is undertaking with respect to the coronavirus and is in compliance with the Government of Samoa, as the host government of the Secretariat.

Cir#20/04: Pacific Climate Change Portal User Requirements Workshop, 4-6 May 2020, and Intra-ACP GCCA+PACRES Steering Committee Meeting, 7-8 May 2020, Pacific Climate Change Centre, Apia, Samoa

SPREP through the EU funded Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) will convene the Pacific Climate Change Portal User Requirements Workshop, 4-6 May 2020.

Cir#20/03: Save the Date: 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, 19-24 April 2020

SPREP in partnership with the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) and the Government of New Caledonia will be hosting the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas at the Tjibaou Cultural Center Noumea, New Caledonia.

Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration.

Cir#20/02: Save the Date: High Level Segment at the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, 24 April 2020, New Caledonia.

The Government of New Caledonia will also be hosting a High-level Segment for Ministers and Heads-of-organisations on the 24 April 2020 as a key component of the Conference.

Cir#20/01: SAVE THE DATE: High Level Segment at the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, 24 April 2020, New Caledonia

The Government of New Caledonia will be hosting a High-level Segment for Ministers and Heads-of-organisations on the 24 April 2020 as a key component of the Conference. We kindly request that you save this date in your calendar.

Cir#19/85: Pacific Post-COP25 Analysis Workshop and Training, 16-18 March 2020, Pacific Climate Change Centre, Apia, Samoa

SPREP through the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) and in collaboration with the IMPACT Project will convene the Pacific Post-COP25 Analysis Meeting 16-18 March 2020 at the Pacific Climate Change Centre at SPREP in Apia, Samoa.