Cir#19/39: GEF ISLANDS included in PFD clearance for June 2019 work programme

It is with sincere pleasure to convey to you that the GEF ISLANDS Programme has been included in the June 2019 GEF Work Programme. This inclusion is based on the understanding that the Programme is in conformity with GEF Trust Fund focal area strategies and with GEF policies and procedures, and will be endorsed by GEF Council by June 10.

  •          PacWaste Plus, Regional Project Officer – Fiji
  •         PacWaste Plus, Regional Project Officer – Republic of Marshall Islands

  •         PacWaste Plus, Regional Project Officer – Vanuatu

 Applications Are Invited For The Above Positions That Is Being Advertised 

Cir#19-37: SPREP Staff Appointment

SPREP is pleased to announce the new members of the SPREP Community

Cir#19/36: Vacancy - Manager, Pacific Climate Change Centre (Re-advertisement)

Applications are invited for the above position that is being re-advertised within SPREP Apia, Samoa.


Cir#19/35: Invitations and Arrangements - Twenty-Ninth SPREP Meeting (29SM) of Officials and associated meetings from 29 August - 6 September 2019 Apia, Samoa

As the meeting is fast approaching and we are in the process of finalizing arrangements, we would appreciate receiving the list of your delegations at the latest by 31 July 2019.

Cir#19/34:SPREP Vacancy

Applications are invited for the following position that is being advertised within SPREP
Apia, Samoa.
1. PacWaste Plus, Technical Waste Project Officer – three new positions
Applications Close: Friday, 17 May 2019

Cir19/33:Invitation to the Regional Inform Project Meeting, 19th – 22nd August, 2019, Apia, Samoa

The Environmental Monitoring and Governance (EMG) Programme of SPREP is currently executing the
GEF funded Inform Project, implemented through UN Environment, which has supported and
delivered a number of key targeted interventions to support environmental decision making in the

Cir#19/32: 29 SPREP Meeting Provisional Agenda

Please find attached the draft provisional agenda for the 29 SPREP Meeting and associated Ministerial Meeting including the 2019 Pacific Environment Forum (PEF) Apia, Samoa from 2-6 September 2019. The 29 SPREP Meeting will be preceded by the COPs for the Noumea and Waigani Conventions.

Cir#19-31:Invitation to the Regional Workshops on the International Convention for the Control And Management of Ships'Ballast Water and Sediments.

On behalf of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), I write to invite your governments participation in the Regional Workshops On The International Convention For The Control And Management Of Ships' Ballast Water And Sediments, The International Convention On The Control Of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems On Ships And The Guidelines For The Control And Management Of Ships’ Biofouling To Minimize The Transfer Of Invasive Aquatic Species from 3-7 June 2019, to be held in Suva, Fiji. The workshop is kindly hosted by the Government of Fiji. A draft programme for the workshop is attached at, Annex 1.

Cir#19/30:Invitation for the NAP Writeshop from the 14th to 17th May 2019 in Apia, Samoa.

SPREP will be organizing the NAP Writeshop from 14 to 17 May 2019. A notification was sent out last week. This letter serves as the official invitation to nominate participants. Please be advised that SPREP can only fund participation of two participants from each Pacific Island Country that is a Party to the UNFCCC. Additional participants from other agencies may attend at their own cost if they are already working in partnership with a country on a specific GCF national adaptation planning concept or proposal.

Cir#19/29:Review of the Draft Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) Guidelines

The Secretariat continues to develop guidelines and tools to support Members in its efforts to strengthen environmental governance and promote best practice as articulated in the Strategic Plan.

Cir#19/28:SAVE THE DATE – Pacific National Adaptation Planning Writeshop, SPREP, Apia, Samoa, 14-17 May 2019

The writeshop will deliver the following outputs and contribute to the following outcomes:

1. Participants have a clearer understanding of the benefits and requirements of NAP Readiness
2. At least five concept notes or first draft proposals will be produced with clear timelines for
3. More and higher quality concepts and proposals will be developed in 2019, leading to higher
quality national adaptation planning in the region.
4. In turn, this should improve access and absorption of climate finance and speed up efforts to
enhance building resilience and adaptation efforts.

SPREP is therefore requesting that focal points identify relevant personnel and ensure that they set
aside the dates of the writeshop so that they can attend and benefit from this opportunity. SPREP is
planning to fund participation of two participants from each Pacific Island Country that is a Party to the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. These invitations will follow soon.

Cir#19/27: Staff Appointment

SPREP is please to announce the following appointment of:

Mr. Semi Qamese, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Intra African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+) Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building.

Cir#19/26: Vacancy - Young Professionals Programme - Pacific Islands Nature Conference Coordinator

Short term opportunities to young professionals and recent graduates from the Pacific Island member countries and territories.

Cir#19/25: Vacancies
  • Framework for Resilience Development in the Pacific Coordinator
  • Technical Waste Officers, PacWaste Plus Project (3)
Cir19-24:Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) Advisory Board Teleconference Meeting

As we come closer to the completion of the construction of the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) and target for handover in August 2019, it is my pleasure to call the first meeting of the PCCC Advisory Board. As you may recall the First SPREP Executive Board Meeting held in September of last year

Cir#19/23:Fifth Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-5)

The Fifth meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-5) will be hosted by the Government of Samoa in Apia, Samoa from 05-09 August 2019.

Cir#19-22:Pacific Resilience Meeting 1-3 May 2019 University of the South Pacific, Suva Fiji

Attached is the inivitation from the chairperson of the Pacific Resilience Partnership Task Force.Mr Engel Raygadas to the Inaugural Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM) which is confirmed to be held at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji from 1-3 May 2019

Cir#19/21:PacWaste Plus Project Inception Meeting & Project Steering Committee Meeting

SPREP is pleased to invite you to participate in the Inception Meeting for the EU funded PacWaste Plus project. The meeting will seek to not only inform all participating countries of the project goals and objectives, but to involve you in the determination of specific actions to be included in the project and delivered ‘on-ground’ in various countries throughout the region.

Cir#19/20: Tribute to Manasa Katonivualiku, Project Development Specialist in Climate Resilience and Adaptation Officer of SPREP

A member of our SPREP family, our dear colleague Mr Manasa Katonivualiku passed away after a brief illness on 11 February this year, while on duty travel in Vanuatu, and was laid to rest in his home island country of Fiji on 16 February, 2019.

Cir#19/19:PacWaste Plus Project Steering Committee – Country Nominations

We are seeking nominations of Country representatives to sit on the PacWaste Plus project Steering Committee. 

Cir#19/18:Commencement of By-catch and Integrated Ecosystem Management Project (BIEM) - KRA-5 of the EDF-11 Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership

This circular is to update you on SPREP engagement in the EU EDF-11 funded Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP).

Cir#19/17: SPREP Vacancies
  • Manager, Pacific Climate Change Centre
  •  Project Manager, Regional Invasive Species Project
  •  Hazardous Waste Management Advise

Applications Are Invited For The Above Positions That Is Being Advertised Within SPREP Apia, Samoa

Cir#19/16: Introducing New Staff Appointments

SPREP is pleased to announce the new members of the SPREP Community

Cir#19/15: International Association for Impact Assessment 39th conference and Pacific Day,29th April to 2nd May, 2019 Brisbane, Australia

SPREP would like to inform you of the upcoming International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) 39th Conference (IAIA 19) in Brisbane, Australia from April 29th to May 2nd. The conference brings Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) specialists together from across the globe to share experiences, new ideas, best practices, network, and learn from each other and provides training opportunities. The IAIA is the leading global impact assessment association and their annual conference always provides new insights and ways forward for Impact Assessment. This is the 39th conference and the theme of this year’s conference is “Evolution or Revolution: Where next for impact assessment?”

Cir#19/14: Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting

Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Eighteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 25 -27 March, 2019, Samoa

Cir#19/12: Invitation to Project Inception and Planning Meeting - Intra-ACP GCCA+Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) Project

The PACRES project aims to ensure better regional and national adaptation and mitigation responses to climate change challenges faced by Pacific ACP countries. It will be implemented in close alignment with the GCCA+ SUPA project.

Cir#19/11: SPREP Calendar of Events for 2019

The SPREP Calendar of Events for 2019 will be shared quarterly.

Cir#19/10:Dates for the 29th SPREP Meeting and Related Meetings in 2019

Please note the dates of the SPREP meeting in 2019.