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.

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.