Cir#21/02: DATE CHANGE: SIDS Support Webinar on IPCC AR6 WGII SOD Review - January 21-22 2021 (Virtual).

The above webinar initially scheduled for 15 and 19 January as per circular 20/106. Is now scheduled on Thursday 21 January 2021 (13:00-16:00 Samoa time) and Friday 22 January 2021 (13:00-16:00 Samoa time).

 

Cir#21/01: New Zealand's new Regulations for import of Plastic Waste.

SPREP has received advice from the New Zealand Government that it has approved regulations under the Import and Export (Restrictions) Prohibition Order (No 2) 2004 for the international trade in plastic waste.

Cir#20/106: Save-the-date - SIDS support webinar on IPCC AR6 WGII SOD review: January 15 and 19, 2021 (Virtual)

SPREP and Climate Analytics would like to warmly invite you to take part in a series of webinars within the framework of an IPCC support project for SIDS.

Cir#20/105: New Deputy Director General for SPREP.

We are pleased to advise that Ms. Easter Chu Shing has been appointed as SPREP's new Deputy Director General (DDG), Governance and Operations after a competitive, rigorous and transparent merit-based selection process.

Cir#20/104: Vemööre Declaration: Commitments to nature conservation action in the Pacific Islands region, 2021 – 2025.

We are pleased to provide you with a copy of the Vemööre Declaration that was endorsed at the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, on 26th November 2020. The Vemööre Declaration was endorsed by 13 of our member countries and territories and 12 members of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT).

 

Cir#20/103: Vemööre Declaration: Commitments to nature conservation action in the Pacific Islands region, 2021 – 2025

We are pleased to provide you with a copy of the Vemööre Declaration that was endorsed at the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, on 26th November 2020. The Vemööre Declaration was endorsed by 13 of our member countries and territories and 12 members of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT).

Cir#20/102: Expression of Interest - Waste items for Recovery and Recycling.

We are excited to inform you that our PacWastePlus programme , with the support of the Waste management & Pollution Control Programme is implementing an innovative project to assist countries and the waste management industry to increase trades of waste commodities and to access the opportunity for subsidized shipping costs provided by the Moana Taka Partnership (MTP).

We are establishing a register of companies, through an Expression of Interest, that may buy or accept waste commodities for appropriate recovery or approved disposal (both within, and external to the region).

Cir#20/101: Moana Taka Partnership Publication.

SPREP is excited to provide to you our recently developed publication titled "Moana Taka Partnership - A guide for the Pacific Island Countries & Territories".

Cir#20/100: Sustainable Waste Actions in the Pacific (SWAP) Project Inception Meeting.

On behalf of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), we would like to invite your designated focal persons to attend the Inception Meeting for the Sustainable Waste Actions in the Pacific (SWAP) Project funded by the Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD). The meeting will be held virtually on the 9th, 11th and 17th December 2020. Please see attached concept note and agenda for further details.

Cir#20/99: Invitation to the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) Advisory Board Virtual Meeting, 4 December 2020.

On behalf of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), we would like to invite you to a virtual meeting of the PCCC Advisory Board on 4 December 2020, 2pm - 3pm Samoa date and time.

Cir#20/98: Invitation and Arrangement: Next Generation Climate Projections for the Western Tropical Pacific Project Regional Workshop, 7 & 9 December 2020 (Virtual)

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will jointly convene a regional virtual workshop on Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 December 2020.

Cir#20/97: Call for Expressions of Interest to Host the 11th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in 2025.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) is inviting Members to submit an Expression of Interest to host the 11th Pacific Island Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in 2025.

Cir#20/96: Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries Phase III: ACPMEA Phase 3 Project.

The Project on capacity building related to MEAs in the ACP Countries is a partnership initiative between the European Commission, the Secretariat of the ACP, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The aim of the project is to empower stakeholders to address environmental challenges and to reap the benefits of improved environmental management at the national and regional levels.

Cir#20/95: Vacancies

Applications are invited for the following positions that are being advertised within SPREP Apia, Samoa.

CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE PROGRAMME, PACIFIC CLIMATE CHANGE CENTRE (PCCC)

  • Technical Adviser - Science to Services, Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC)
  • Technical Adviser - Information, Knowledge Management and Brokerage,  PCCC.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 4 December 2020.

Cir#20/94: Introducing New Staff

SPREP is pleased to announce the following appointments with the Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Hub within the Climate Change Resilience (CCR) Programme.

Cir#20/93: Deadline Extension for the High-level Vemōōre Declaration - 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.

We would like to inform you that the deadline for comments on the Vemōōre Declaration for the high-level segment of the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas which was due on 2 November, 2020 has now been extended to Friday, 13 November 2020.

Cir#20/92: Deadline Extension for the High-level Vemōōre Declaration - 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.

We would like to inform you that the deadline for comments on the Vemōōre Declaration for the high-level segment of the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas which was due on 2 November, 2020 has now been extended to Friday, 13 November 2020.

Cir#20/91: Report of the Second SPREP Executive Board Meeting (2-4 September 2020), and SPREP Supplementary Budget 2021.

We are pleased to attached the final reports for the Second SPREP Executive Board Meeting held virtually from 2-4 September 2020 for your information and records. We have also included the Agreed Outcomes document sent to all Members immediately after the meeting on 11 September 2020.

Cir#20/90:Call for nominations: Virtual training on Understanding Access to Climate Finance, 12 November - 11 December 2020, Pacific Climate Change Centre, SPREP, Apia, Samoa.

We have the pleasure to inform you that the nominations for the regional training on "Understanding Access to Climate Finance" is now open.

Cir#20/89: Invitation: 10th pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, High-Level Segment, 26 November 2020

The Government of New Caledonia in partnership with the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will be virtually hosting the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas from 24 - 27 November, 2020.

Link: [email protected]

Cir#20/88: Invitation: 10th Pacific islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, High-Level Segment, 26 November 2020

The Government of New Caledonia in partnership with the pacific islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will be virtually hosting the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas from 24 - 27 November, 2020.

Link: [email protected]

Cir#20/87: Regional Online Training on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), Stakeholder Engagement (SEA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) in the Pacific.

The Secretariat, as part of its on-going capacity building and training assistance on EIA, and in collaboration with the World Bank, will be delivering virtual online trainings specifically on stakeholder engagement and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as part of the EIA process. The series of virtual trainings also form part of the Pacific Learning Partnership for Environmental and Social Sustainability Capacity Building Programme. The first series of virtual trainings will be delivered as an open regional training and will start in November and end in December of this year with additional trainings planned for 2021.

Cir#20/86: Review of the draft Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region, 2021 - 2025

On behalf of the Government of New Caledonia, the Pacific Island Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) and SPREP, we are pleased to provide you with the attached draft Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region 2021 - 2025 for your review and feedback.

Cir#20/85: SPREP Vacancy

Applications are invited for the following position that is being advertised with SPREP Apia, Samoa.

  • Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Coordinator - ACPMEAs3 Project (MEACO).

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 November 2020.

Cir#20/84: Pacific Islands Survey to assess Pacific Members capacity to monitor and study Ocean Acidification

SPREP is working with the Ocean Foundation and NOAA to develop a new three-year project focused on building capacity to monitor and study ocean acidification in the Pacific Islands.

Cir#20/83: Social Inclusion Survey for distribution and completion.

The European Union-Pacific Waste Management (PacWastePlus) Programme, has commenced engaging with stakeholders throughout the region to gain an understanding of how equality, social inclusion and cultural awareness are currently considered and incorporated into waste and environmental programmes in the region.

Cir#20/82: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Guidelines for Pacific island countries and territories

Announce that the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Guidelines for Pacific island countries and territories are now finalised and published following the SPREP Executive Board's endorsement at its second meeting on the 5 September 2020.

Cir#20/81: High-level Declaration: 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.

On behalf of the Government of New Caledonia, the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) and SPREP, we are pleased to share with you the attached draft High-level Declaration, which will be one of the key outcomes of the 10th Pacific Islands Nature Conservation Conference and Protected Areas to be held virtually 24 - 27 November 2020.

Cir#20/80: Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Change Conference, 27-30 October 2020 (Virtual)

Further to Circular 20/17 we are pleased to inform you that the Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Change Conference originally scheduled for 26 to 29 May will now convene virtually from the 27 to 30 October 2020. This will be the third such conference since it was first hosted by Victoria University of Wellington in 2016 and the first time hosted in the Pacific, as a virtual event.

Cir#20/77: PROCESS FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR 2021 - NEXT STEPS

As agreed to at the recent 2nd SPREP Executive Board Meeting, Members are invited to take note and provide responses and comments where relevant, on matters regarding the recruitment of the Director General for 2021.