Assessment of management effectiveness for Papua New Guinea's protected areas : 2017

Pages from PNGPA-final-130318-loThis is the final report prepared by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) for submission to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Papua New Guinea Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) in relation to the 2016-17 assessment of the management effectiveness of Papua New Guinea's protected areas. All the 57 gazetted protected areas in PNG are covered in this report, along with one proposed protected area that is in the process of gazettal.

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INFORM brochure

informINFORM - Environmental Information for Decision Making. This project will establish a Pacific island network of national and regional data repositories and reporting tools to support the monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of environmental information, which supports environmental planning, forecasting, and reporting requirements.

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Vanuatu National Environment Policy and Implementation Plan : 2016-2030

Pages from VANUATU NEPIPThe Vanuatu National Environment Policy and Implementation Plan 2016-2030 (NEPIP) is an overaching policy for the sustainable conservation, development and management of the environment of Vanuatu. The NEPIP aims to: 1) provide for the co-ordination of related activities; 2) promote the environmentally sound and safe management and conservation of the natural resources and environment of Vanuatu; and 3) outline the operational matters necessary to implement 1) and 2) above.

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Tuvalu National Environment Management Strategy (NEMS) 2015-2020

Pages from tuvalu-nems-2015-2020Tuvalu's national development plan, Te Kakeega II: National Strategy for Sustainable Development 2005–2015, is the overarching framework that drives Tuvalu's development path and resource allocation. To strengthen the link to the plan, the Department of Environment (DoE), with the support of SPREP, developed the Tuvalu National Environment Management Strategy 2015–2020.

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Protecting Pacific environments from pollution

Pages from Pac-Pollution-digitalMarine debris affects Pacific economies; biodiversity; health; and resilience. There is limited local industry or capacity to meet he population's demands with sustainable materials, making import regulations critical.

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State of Environment Report Guidelines

Pages from EMG SoE GuidelinesNational SoE Reports give information about environmental and social conditions, trends and pressures for the country, and the surrounding seas. The SoE reporting process forms the basis for effective environmental and sustainable development planning by examining the current condition of environmental indicators influenced by national, regional, and global pressures. The report uses state and trend indicators to evaluate how these "state" conditions impact not only the environment, but also the economy and the livelihoods of a country's citizens.

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SPREP Annual Report 2016

Pages from AR16-English-digital-250917Our Annual Report for 2016 and the Director General’s Overview of Progress since the 27th SPREP Meeting held in Niue in September, 2016. It has been another successful year of implementation and results in support of Pacific island countries and territories.

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PROE Rapport Annuel 2016

Pages from AR2016-French-digital-250917Je suis heureux de vous présenter le rapport annuel pour 2016 et le compterendu du directeur général sur les réalisations depuis la vingt-septième Conférence du PROE qui a eu lieu à Nioué en septembre 2016. Cette année sera encore couronnée de succès en matière de mise en oeuvre et de résultats pour le soutien des pays et territoires insulaires océaniens

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The PNG-METT: a method for assessing effectiveness in Papua New Guinea's protected areas

Pages from pngpa-final-digitalThe PNG Protected Area Management Effectiveness project is part of a larger initiative, the Global Environment Facility-Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEF-PAS) funded project knowln as "Community-based Forest and Coastal Conservation and Resource Management in PNG' (GEF 2011), with CEPA as Executing agency and UNDP as the implementing partner. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) was engaged to undertake a project titled "Review and Update of the Status of Current Protected Areas in PNG'.

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands : State of Environment Report 2016

Pages from 2016 RMI SOE Final1The 2016 State of Environment (SOE) Report for the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) updates the 1992 SOE report. It uses the DPSIR model (Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact and Response) and aims to: • Document the key drivers and pressures behind the changing environment. • Assess the RMI environment since 1992, using the best available information on the state of RMI's environment in seven key themes: Atmosphere and Climate, Land, Marine, Biodiversity, Culture and Heritage, Built Environment and Nuclear Legacy. • Document the impacts of environmental changes on the society, economy and environment from changes in the state of the environment. • Document current responses to protect and better manage RMI's natural resources. • Provide recommendations for RMI to address key challenges and link them to actions in the National Environmental Management Strategy (NEMS) and other key policy documents.

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First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology and Third Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council : Report of Proceedings and Outcomes, 20-24 July, 2015

Pages from pmmm-pmc3The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM-1) and the Third Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting (PMC-3) convened at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga on the 20 to 24 July, 2015. The meeting adopted the theme: "Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific"; underpinning the important role of NMHSs in the sustainable development context of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).

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Report of the Second (2nd) Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-2), 1-5 July, 2013, Nadi, Fiji Islands

Pages from pmc2The Second Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-2) was held at the Novotel Hotel Conference Centre, Nadi, Fiji Islands from 1 to 5 July, 2013. Members of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) from the following countries and territories attended the meeting: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America and Vanuatu. An apology was received from Papua New Guinea.

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State of conservation in Nauru : country report

Pages from NAURU-WEB copy copyThis Nauru country assessment provides key findings for Nauru that contributed to developing the comprehensive State of Conservation in Oceania 2013 report. This report assesses the overall state of conservation in Nauru using 16 indicators. The indicators provide information not only about the state of conservation in Nauru but also about what pressures and threats conservation in Nauru is facing and what action is being taken to halt further loss or degradation and improve its
long-term sustainability.

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State of conservation in Fiji : country report

Pages from FIJI-WEBThis Fiji country assessment provides key findings for Fiji that contributed to developing the comprehensive State of Conservation in Oceania 2013 report. This report assesses the overall state of conservation in Fiji using 16 indicators. The indicators provide information not only about the state of conservation in Fiji but also about what pressures and threats conservation in Fiji is facing and what action is being taken to halt further loss or degradation and improve its long-term sustainability.

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PROE Plan Strategique : 2017-2026

Pages from plan-strategique-2017-2026Le Plan stratégique 2017–2026 s'appuie sur les réussites et sur les enseignements tirés de la mise en oeuvre du Plan stratégique 2011–2015. Le PROE a associé ces enseignements à un processus de consultation des Membres, des partenaires et du Secrétariat afi n d'élaborer ce nouveau plan stratégique. Le plan a également été guidé par l'engagement pris par les Membres quant aux orientations stratégiques régionales décrites dans le Cadre pour l'intégration régionale du Pacifi que, par les priorités reprises dans le document Samoa, la voie à suivre1, et par l'engagement envers les Objectifs de développement durable, ainsi que d'autres engagements majeurs régionaux et mondiaux.

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SPREP Strategic Plan : 2017 - 2026

Pages from strategic-plan-2017-2026The SPREP Strategic Plan 2017–2026 builds on the successes and lessons learned in the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011–2015. SPREP has used these lessons together with an extensive consultation process with Members, partners, and the Secretariat to develop this strategic plan. The plan has also been guided by Member commitments to the strategic directions for the region set out in the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, the priorities defined by the SAMOA Pathway,1 commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, and other important regional and global commitments.

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Reforcement des etudes d’impact environnemental : directives po ur les États et Territoires insulaires océaniens

Les études d'impact environPages from EIA Directives PROEnemental (ÉIE) sont l'instrument principal de planification, d'évaluation et degestion de projets de développement. Elles soutiennent les objectifs de développement durable et résilient et favorisent la croissance verte et ses réalisations. Le Secrétariat du Programme régional océanien de l'environnement (PROE) joue depuis longtemps un rôle proéminent pour le renforcement des capacités dans le domaine des ÉIE dans toute la région du Pacifique. Depuis plus de 25 ans, le PROE soutient les programmes de sensibilisation et de formation aux ÉIE dans les États membres, ainsi que la publication de directives et de manuels sur les ÉIE. Alors que le développement et l'urbanisation de nos îles s'intensifient, la nécessité de disposer de processus d'ÉIE effectifs devient plus urgente.

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Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action : a compendium of climate services case studies

Pages from pi-met-services-in-action-compendium-climate-services-case-studies-2In a large, diverse region like the Pacific, clear and concise communication of both successes and lessons learned is vital for further effective development. A workshop was created to help the participants develop stories to "tell the world what the Pacific is doing on climate services." The week-long writing workshop or "writeshop" created a space for climate service providers to learn outreach writing skills and how to analyse their own efforts. The writeshop was coordinated by SPREP and WMO with support from COSPPac and Environment and Climate Change Canada. This first writeshop for climate services in the Pacific was a productive and intense week of growth for the participants, resulting in 20 stories for a regional compendium.

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Comparative investigations of combustion emissions from paper briquettes

Pages from PacWaste Technical Report BriquettesThis study, conducted by researchers from the Queensland University of Technology and the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, compares emissions generated from eco-friendly recycled paper briquettes with commercially available forms of fuel made from coal, wood-pulp and wood chips.
The study and technical report were commissioned by the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management project (PacWaste). PacWaste is a €7.85 million project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to improve regional hazardous waste management across the Pacific.

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Battling Invasive Species in the Pacific : outcomes of the regional GEF-PAS IAS project

Pages from battling-invasive-species-pacificThe GEF-PAS funded project "Prevention, control and management of invasive alien species in the Pacific islands' was implemented from late 2011 until September 2016.  The project which involved the nine participating countries of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nue, Palau, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, was designed to assist in implementing the regional framework "Guidelines for Managing Invasive Species in the Pacific.

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Strengthening Environmental Impact Assessment : Guidelines for Pacific Island Countries and Territories

Pages from regional-eia-guidelinesEnvironmental impact assessment (EIA) is the primary instrument for planning, assessing and managing development projects, to support sustainable and resilient development goals and green growth outcomes.  SPREP has a long history of leading EIA capacity-building across the Pacific reigon. For more than twenty five years SPREP has supported EIA awareness-raising and training programmes in member countries, and the publication of EIA guidelines and manuals. As the pace of development and urbanisation intensifies in our islands, the need for effective EIA processes becomes more urgent.

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SPREP Annual Report 2015 = Rapport annuel du PROE : 2015

Pages from AnnRep2015As this report demonstrates, 2015 was an action-based year for us. We acknowledge the crew of SPREP and our members and partners as well as the leader at the helm in 2015, our former Director General, Mr David Sheppard. We pay tribute to his hard work and leadership, bringing SPREP into the thriving and robust organisation that it is today.

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State of Conservation in Oceania: regional report

Pages from state-conservation-oceania-reportThis report assesses the overall state of conservation in the Pacific Islands region of Oceania, that is, the 21 countries and territories covered by SPREP plus Pitcairn Island (see Figure i.1). The report uses an analysis of 16 indicators chosen in consultation with SPREP and based on the Global Biodiversity Indicator project ( The indicators used are those considered to best provide an overview of the key issues facing conservation in Oceania, whilst recognising the need to use indicators for which a reasonable amount of information was thought to be available. The indicators provide information about the state of ecosystems and species, pressures acting upon these ecosystems and species, and what action is being taken to halt further loss or degradation and improve long-term sustainability.
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Use economic analysis to battle invasive species

Pages from use-economic-analysis-battle-invasive-speciesThe presence of invasive species generally leads to negative impacts, some perhaps irreversible, and the economic costs from the impacts and their management can be substantial and long-lasting. Efforts to understand the extent of damages caused by invasive species are slowly gaining momentum globally; however, in many countries, efforts are only beginning. This guide will assist Pacific island practitioners to use the costs that result from invasive species incursions to gain support to fund prevention, management, restoration, research and outreach.
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Use anticoaculant rodent bait safely

Pages from use-anticoagulant-rodent-bait-safelyAnticoagulant rodenticides are an important tool for managing rodents by increasing the chances of success and lowering the resources required. This guide was developed to assist non-specialists in gaining a better understanding of the risks, costs, and benefits of using anticoagulant rodenticides. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that rodenticides are used responsibly and that the risk of negative impacts to people and the environment is minimised. Failure to do so could result in the loss of support for the use of these useful tools.
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Removing rodents from small tropical islands with success

Pages from remove-rodents-small-tropical-islandsWhile eradication projects on large islands require substantial funding and a high level of technical and logistical support, projects on small islands are much simpler and can achieve success with much less funding and outside assistance. The Pacific has thousands of such islands that can contribute to significant biodiversity outcomes. The purpose of this guide is to assist the practitioner in removing invasive rodents from small islands (less than 20 hectares) where access to all parts of the island is possible. These guidelines are designed to be used in conjunction with the resource 'Use anticoagulant rodent bait safely'.

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Manage myna birds in the Pacific

Pages from manage-myna-birds-pacificExperience shows that you can get rid of myna while their population is small, but once the population becomes widespread, ongoing management will be required if the impacts of myna are to be reduced. This guide offers solutions and advice on how to decide what to do if myna are an issue in your country and was prepared by David Butler and Bill Nagle, who have assisted Pacific countries with myna solutions for both goals of eradication and control.

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Find answers online to common invasive species questions

Pages from find-answers-online-common-invasive-species-questionsThe invasive battler has a difficult job. Many of the management solutions for invasive species require a broad base of information to determine the best way to approach an issue and determine if the approach is feasible. Likely questions a battler will face are: what is that species? How did it get here and where will it go next? Is it a risk to our environment or other important national asset? Where else is this species found and what did they do about it? This guide was developed to assist the invasive species battler in accessing information to answer these questions and decide about management action.
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Catch it early: Invasive Species early detection and rapid response

Pages from early-detection-rapid-responseEarly Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) systems are the first line of defence against invasive species once they have penetrated national or inter-island biosecurity systems. For these systems to be effective, a plan is required to coordinate the responsible agencies and ensure both the systems and equipment to address the detected species are in place prior to the response. Several countries have developed these plans recently, which are available on the Battler Resource Base.

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Develop a National or Territorial invasive species strategy and action plan

Pages from create-nissapNational or Territory Invasive Species Strategies and Action Plans (NISSAP) are a critical document to ensure invasive species management is coordinated within a country or territory and that the different sectors involved with invasive species management are working together toward the same goals. NISSAP are essential to show political will for managing invasive species and are looked upon favourably by funding bodies.

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