Pacific Islands Shark and Ray : policy brief
While management of tuna and other commercial fish stocks is not core business for SPREP, maintenance of a productive oceanic ecosystem and conservation of threatened and migratory species clearly is core business, which is why SPREP has prepared this Policy Brief dealing with conservation of shark and ray populations. The aim of this Brief is to summarise the status and trends of shark and ray species in the Pacific islands region, and to provide advice on their conservation to PICT governments.
A tamaliki ko gaasue! : se tala ki mafulifuliga o tau o aso
This story is to assist the process of learning about climate and climate change. We hope it will spur you and your young readers on to learn more about the global challenge of climate change and what steps each child can take to deal with a global problem through his or her everyday actions.Download PDF (5.3MB) TuvaluanDownload PDF (2.7MB) English
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Ko e savea ki he ngaahi me'amo'ui 'o e vahefonua Vava'u', Pule'anga 'o Tonga : lipooti fakatahataha ko e ola tefito' mo e ngaahi fokotu'u'
Ko e savea ki he ngaahi me′amo′ui ko e polokalama fekumi ki he me′a mo′ui, na′e fakahoko ′i he ′ātakai ′o e ngaahi potu tahi΄ mo e ngaahi konga fonua΄, pea na′e fakataumu′a ia ke vakai′i ′a e felālāve′i ′a e ngaahi me′amo′ui ′o e ngaahi feitu′u ′oku tokolahi taha ai.
Rapid Biodiversity Assessment (BIORAP) of the Vava'u Archipelago, Kingdom of Tonga
The Biological Rapid Assessment Programme (BIORAP) is a biological survey based on a concept developed by Conservation International and designed to use scientific information to catalyse conservation action. BIORAP methods are designed to rapidly assess the biodiversity of highly diverse areas and to train local scientists in biodiversity survey techniques. The BIORAP can be considered a spatial and temporal 'snapshot' of Vava'u's full range of biodiversity.
SPREP Annual Report 2014
The 2014 Annual Report, available in both English and French, documents the many projects and activities through which SPREP has supported Pacific island Member countries and territories to address their environmental and development challenges in 2014. These challenges include climate change - identified by Pacific Leaders as the major challenge facing the region; biodiversity loss - with rates of loss among some of the highest in the world for some species; and ever increasing levels of solid and hazardous waste in Pacific countries and territories ...
PACC Demonstration Guide: Piloting climate change adaptation in food production and food security on low-lying atolls of Solomon Islands (PTR19)
This demonstration guide provides a comprehensive description of the Solomon Islands PACC project, from inception and early planning stages, through design and implementation, to monitoring and evaluation. Aimed primarily at climate change practitioners across the Pacific region, it gives details of the planning and execution of this food security project, with a focus on lessons learned along the way and best practices identified.
Waste Assessment Guide: for the export and import of used lubricant and used oil
This document provides guidance on the procedures that should be followed when exporting or importing used lubricants and used oil, in order to comply with the international conventions that govern the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes. It is intended for use by individuals and companies involved in exporting or importing used oil, and by the government agencies tasked with ensuring that the movements are completed in accordance with national and international requirements.
Managing the impacts of the little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) in French Polynesia
This report is the result of a scoping trip to the Island of Tahiti in French Polynesia by a team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP). The purpose of this trip was to study the recent invasion by the little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata), assist with recommendations for mitigating the impacts of the species, develop waste management procedures that minimize further spread, and make suggestions for biosecurity planning. This report contains an assessment of the spatial distribution of little fire ants, a review of the history of introduction and spread of little fire ants and details of the current situation in the municipality of Mahina.
PACC Demonstration Guide: Integrating climate risk into coastal road design in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia (PTR18)
This report focuses specifically on the demonstration project, with a brief summary of the achievements in mainstreaming and knowledge building. Aimed primarily at climate change practitioners across the Pacific region, it describes the project from inception and early planning stages, through design and implementation,to monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on lessons learned along the way and best practices identified. As with the demonstration guides from the other PACC projects, the hope is that future projects can build on the experiences of PACC, contributing to a more resilient Pacific region.
PACC Demonstration Guide: building resilience to climate change in lowland farming communities in Fiji (PTR17)
This demonstration guide provides a comprehensive description of the Fiji PACC project, from inception and early planning stages, through design and implementation, to monitoring and evaluation. Aimed primarily at climate change practitioners across the Pacific region, it gives details of the planning and execution of this food security project, with a focus on lessons learned along the way and best practices identified. As with the demonstration guides from the other PACC projects, the hope is that future projects can build on the experiences of PACC, contributing to a more resilient Pacific region.
PACC Demonstration Guide: Improving resilience of the water supply for Hihifo District, Tonga (PTR16)
The PACC project in Tonga focuses on water resources management, and specifically on improving the water supply system in Hihifo District, Tongatapu. Adaptation measures demonstrated by the project include upgrading water infrastructure to improve water collection and storage, increasing the options for sourcing and distributing water, and improving water quality. The project worked with the six villages of Fo'ui, Ha'avakatolo, Kolovai, 'Ahau, Kanokupolu, and Ha'atafu.
PACC Demonstration Guide: Improving rainwater harvesting infrastructure in Tokelau (PTR15)
In Tokelau, the PACC+ project is building resilience to drought by improving the territory's water resources management. This guide, developed as part of the PACC+ demonstration project, details the process undertaken to design and implement various measures to enhance household and communal rainwater harvesting infrastructures in Tokelau.
PACC Demonstration Guide: Improving domestic rainwater harvesting systems in Niue (PTR14)
In Niue, the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project is building resilience to climate variability and climate change by improving the country's water resources management. This technical report was developed as part of the PACC demonstration project, to detail the process undertaken to design and implement a rainwater tank manufacturing plant in Niue and supply eligible households on Niue with rainwater harvesting systems.
PACC Demonstration Guide: 'Climate proofing' coastal development on Mangaia Island, Cook Islands (PTR13)
In the Cook Islands, the PACC project focuses on coastal zone management on Mangaia Island. The objective of the project is to 'climate proof' coastal infrastructure, both through on-the-ground activities and also by mainstreaming climate risk into relevant policy and planning for the coastal zone. This report provides a comprehensive description of the demonstration project, from inception and early planning stages through design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. It also presents best practices and lessons learned along the way that could guide others carrying out similar adaptation activities.
The Pacific guide to project proposal preparation for the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund
This learning resource is designed to introduce the participants on how to prepare a proposal for the Adaptation Fund (AF) through SPREP as a Regional Implementation Entity (RIE). The course covers the requirements of the AF proposal template, and provides an overview of specific components of the proposal development process.
Rapid biodiversity assessment (BIORAP) Nauru: synthesis report key findings and recommendations
A BIORAP is a biological inventory programme undertaken in marine and terrestrial environments, and is designed to rapidly assess the biodiversity of highly diverse areas. The BIORAP took place in selected terrestrial and marine areas of the Republic of Nauru, June, 2013. Options to manage threats and protect some remaining examples of indigenous biodiversity of national or international significance are recommended to governing communities.
Rapid biodiversity assessment (BIORAP) of upland Savai'i, Samoa: synthesis report key findings and recommendations
A BIORAP is a biological inventory programme undertaken in marine and/or terrestrial environments, and is designed to rapidly assess the biodiversity of highly diverse areas. The BIORAP took place in selected areas of the island ecosystems of Savai'i, Samoa in May, 2012. The information gathered provides a scientific basis for empowering communities, relevant government departments, and other partners to make informed conservation management and planning decisions to ensure the long-term conservation of biodiversity, and the essential ecological services it provides.
La conservation de la nature et les aires protégées dans la région du Pacifique insulaire 2014–2020
Le Cadre fournit une orientation aux États et territoires insulaires océaniens (ÉTIO), aux organisations régionales, aux ONG, à la communauté internationale des bailleurs de fonds et aux partenaires qui collaborent à la réalisation des Objectifs mondiaux d'Aichi pour la biodiversité 2020 définis par la Convention sur la diversité biologique (CDB) par la mise en oeuvre des Stratégies et plans d'action nationaux pour la biodiversité (SPANB). Il fournit aux spécialistes de la conservation des orientations sur les pratiques optimales reconnues appliquées dans la région.
Rapid Biodiversity Assessment (BIORAP) Vava'u: synthesis report
A BIORAP is a biological inventory programme undertaken in marine and terrestrial environments, and is designed to rapidly assess the biodiversity of highly diverse areas.
Guidebook on Environmental Law : Republic of the Marshall Islands = Kolajerakin Kakien Ko Nan Belaak Ko Belaakid : Republic eo an Ailon Kein (Majol)
The purpose of this Guidebook is to help awareness and understanding by the citizens of the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) of environmental legislation that has been passed for environmental protection and conservation of natural resources. The Guidebook has been prepared as a user-friendly reference book that summarises the rights, prohibitions and obligations that arise in relation to particular prioprity areas for environmental protection and natural resources management.Download PDF (3MB) EnglishDownload PDF (3MB) Marshallese
Marine Pollution Risk Assessment for Fiji 2015
An oil spill risk assessment for Fiji's major ports and transfer terminals including an evaluation of existing oil spill response capability with recommendations for further development.
Choiseul integrated Climate Change programme
Choiseul Province was selected for trialling this new approach to integrate climate change responses and development assistance. The programme is now known as the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICCHAP).
Coastal ecosystem-based rehabilitation guide
This guide helps communities understand the pressures people may place on beaches, and suggests how natural processes or "ecosystem based approaches" can be used to encourage sand to come back and stay put.
Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme (PACPOL) Strategy and Work Plans : 2015-2020
The revised PACPOL strategy will endeavor to follow international best practice and reduce the impacts of ship-sourced and related marine pollution in a holistic and regional manner. The mission statement of the revised PACPOL strategy is to promote safe, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping throughout the region consistent with the Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region 1986 (Noumea Convention).
Decision support tools for climate-resilient coastal development: a case study from the Cook Islands Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project (PTR12)
The study reported here was developed under the PACC project to demonstrate the combined use of modelling, a climate tool – the Cook Islands Coastal Calculator – and community knowledge to quantify the risk of coastal inundation to property and infrastructure in the village of Oneroa now and under future climate scenarios, and to incorporate this information into community decision making and planning for 'climate-proof' development. The study was led by a team of technical experts from the SPC, SOPAC and NIWA, with assistance from the Cook Islands (MOIP)
PACC demonstration guide: improving the public water supply system in Majuro, Marshall Islands (PTR11)
On all islands in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) rainwater is the primary source of freshwater, putting the country at high risk from droughts. The water sector was therefore chosen by the RMI Government to benefitfrom the PACC project, and the project has been working since 2008 to increase the country's resilience to drought events. This report details the process undertaken in the PACC demonstration project, to design and implement various measures to enhance Majuro's water reticulation system.
Little fire ants in French Polynesia : synthesis report
The little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata, is a small ant native to Central and South America, which has been introduced into a third of the Pacific regiona's island groups. It is considered by invasive experts to be the greatest ant species threat within the Pacific islands region.
State of Conservation in Oceania : Key findings from a comprehensive regional report on the state of conservation in 22 countries and territories of the Pacific islands region
For the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, SPREP commissioned an assessment on the status of biodiversity and conservation in Oceania. This comprehensive regional report summarises the key findings on the state of conservation in the 22 countries and territories of the Pacific islands region.
Using Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) to Facilitate Community Decision Making : a case study from the Vanuatu Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project
In Vanuatu, the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project focuses on coastal zone management, and specifically the coastal roads on the island of Epi, which are being damaged by flooding and coastal erosion. The project is working with local communities to develop appropriate solutions that contribute to more resilient infrastructure.
PACC Experiences 6 : Improving resilience of food systems
Food security on small islands already faces many challenges. The added risk of climate change could precipitate a crisis for food security across the Pacific islands region, if not addressed.