SPREP is hosting a series of webinars focused on "Transitioning to a post-pandemic Pacific". Highlighting Pacific island and partner voices, stories, and experiences, this webinar series aims to support Pacific post-COVID-19 recovery planning conversations with in-region perspectives on the importance of 'blue and green' components in our planning, from climate change responses to pollution control and sustainability of our precious biodiversity.

Upcoming Webinar

Friday 10 July 2020 @ 3 pm (Samoa time)

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Webinar 4: Environmental Consideration in Sustainable Tourism in the Pacific Island Region

Friday, 3 July 2020: 3 pm (Samoa time)

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Despite this situation, the Pacific countries’ efforts on the sustainable development of the tourism sector from the environment point of view should not be undermined. SPREP in partnership with the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) developed the Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines for Coastal Tourism Development in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (Coastal Tourism EIA Guidelines) to guide tourism developers towards better environmental planning.

During these challenging times, it is important for the Pacific partners and members to remind each other of the importance of applying their available tools to safeguard the people and environment from the risks and impacts that may arise from poorly executed tourism development.

The Coastal Tourism EIA guidelines are to increase awareness and understanding of the EIA process across the Pacific region’s tourism sector; promote best practice EIA for coastal tourism development; encourage government agencies and tourism developers to comply with national EIA regulatory frameworks and support sustainable and resilient coastal tourism development that protects the environmental, social and cultural assets that provide a foundation for tourism.



Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General, SPREP

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mr. Jope Davetanivalu, Environmental Planning Adviser, SPREP

Introduction of the Speakers

Dr. Gregory Barbara, Environmental Assessment and Planning Officer, SPREP

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Guidelines for Coastal Tourism

Ms. Christina Leala-Gale, Sustainable Tourism Development Manager, South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)


Environmental Sustainability a Key Building Block for Sustainable Tourism in the Region

Mr. Colin Philp, Manager – Leleuvia Island Resort and Co-Chair of the Duavata Sustainable Tourism Collective

The Usefulness of Environment Planning on Tourism Development

Mr. Fa’amatuainu Lenata’i Suifua, Chief Executive Officer, Samoa Tourism Authority (STA)

Role of the National Tourism Office in Promoting Environmental Planning on Tourism Development

Mr. Jope Davetanivalu

Q & A & Conclusion






1. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Guidelines for Coastal Tourism Development in Pacific Island Countries and Territories


Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 brings heat to Climate Change urgency

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Friday, 26 June 2020: 3-4.30 pm (Samoa time)

Even in the face of COVID-19, climate change remains the single greatest threat to Pacific livelihoods. While the temporary slowing of emissions of greenhouse gases is a silver lining at least for local air quality from the COVID-19 pandemic, the planet is still breaking climate change records. Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, the underlying factor for climate change, will only be marginally reduced by the pandemic.

With the threats and pandemic-induced shut down all around the globe, how have the Pacific Island States and territories managed and how are they addressing threats to Climate Action and maintaining momentum before COP26? Can COVID-19 provide a platform for transformative change and opportunities for green recovery options? Be part of the Pacific conversation within the endeavor to build resilience across this island region and join the webinar to learn more.




Sala Dr. George Carter (Moderator), Research Fellow in Geopolitics and Regionalism at the Department of Pacific Affairs and Co-Director for the Australian National University Pacific Institute


Welcome & Introductions of Speakers

Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General, SPREP

Welcoming Address (Pre-recorded message)

Mr. Patrick Pringle, Climate Analytic Consultant, SPREP

Ms. Ella Strachan, Junior Research Associate, Climate Analytics, SPREP

COVID-19: Risks and Threats to Climate Action and how these can be managed by Pacific Small Islands Developing States

Pre-recorded presentation by Mr. Patrick Pringle; Ms. Ella Strachan will be on hand to answer any questions

Ms. Anne Rasmussen, Assistant CEO – Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Samoa 

How COVID-19 measures being put in place trigger finance towards green growth and climate-smart development

Mr. Espen Ronneberg, Climate Change Adviser, SPREP

Maintaining momentum before UNFCCC COP26 and how we need to prepare – Pacific islands and regional perspectives

Ms. Annmary Raduva, Youth Climate Activist, Fiji


Re-evaluating youth advocacy and climate activism in the face of a pandemic and building momentum towards COP 26 and beyond COVID 19

H.E. Ambassador Ken O’Flaherty, Climate Change Ambassador for Asia, and the Pacific

Preparation for the UK Presidency of UNFCCC COP26 Short video

Sala Dr. George Carter (Moderator)

Q & A



Additional Knowledge Resources - COVID-19 & CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Analytics blogs

  1. COVID-19 another shock for vulnerable countries facing multiple crises (by Manjeet Dhakal)
  2. Facing COVID-19 and climate, Pacific island capacity stretched(by Paddy Pringle)
  3. Coronavirus underscores small islands' climate vulnerability (by Adelle Thomas)
  4. Responding to a global crisis -the coronavirus pandemic and the climate emergency (by Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Matthew Gidden, Kim Coetze)
  5. COVID-19 and Climate Change: We Must Rise to Both Crises (Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum)


 Tackling the Challenge of a Cleaner Pacific amongst a Pandemic and Disaster Situation

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Friday, 19 June 2020: 3-4.30 pm (Samoa time) – Agenda

Recent events in the Pacific Region such as the epidemic measles outbreak in Samoa, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disastrous Tropical Cyclone Harold which hit four Pacific islands, prompted our region to look beyond business as usual.

While the health of the Pacific people is paramount during these crises, maintaining a cleaner Pacific people in the context of managing waste and controlling pollution is also important to reduce risks of infection from the virus or any other diseases. Improper management of medical wastes and uncontrolled garbage will expose the Pacific community to infectious diseases and impede disaster recovery efforts.




Mr. Anthony Talouli, Acting Director, Waste Management and Pollution Control (WMPC) Programme, SPREP


Introduction of the Webinar (2 minutes)

Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General, SPREP


Perceived impacts of COVID-19 crisis on waste generation and services (5 minutes)

Ms. Lisa Guppy, Regional Coordinator for Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts & Humanitarian Affairs, UN Environment Programme Regional Office Asia Pacific


Pandemic and disaster waste: current trends across the Asia Pacific region

Mr. Joshua Sam, Hazardous Waste Management Adviser, SPREP


Effective management of medical wastes during a pandemic or disaster

Panel discussion (20 minutes)


Mr. Setoa Apo, Principal Waste Officer, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Samoa


Municipal waste management in a crisis setting: the case of a measles epidemic and past cyclones in Samoa

Mr. Afele Faiilagi, ACEO, (MNRE), Samoa



Ms. Marina Keil and John Sio, President and Vice President, Samoa Recycling and Waste Management Association (SRWMA), Samoa



Mr. Lucie Isaia, Principal Healthcare Waste Officer, Ministry of Health (MoH), Samoa



Mr. Shalend Singh (TBC), Senior Health Inspector, Lautoka City Council, Fiji


Coping with a double crisis from a waste management perspective: the case of COVID-19 and TC Harold cases in Fiji

Panel discussion (20 minutes)


Ms. Donna Kalfatak (or Ionie Bolenga), Director, Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation, Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management, Vanuatu


Challenges in responding and recovering from a crisis on a waste management perspective: the case of the recent TC Harold disaster management in Vanuatu

Ms. Mafile’o Ongosia Masi, Senior Environmentalist, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communication (MEIDECC), Tonga


Challenges in responding and recovering from a crisis on a waste management perspective: the case of the recent TC Harold disaster management in Tonga

Mr. Fa’afetai Sagapolutele, Assistant Chief Adviser, J-PRISM II



Open Forum (20 minutes)


Mr. Anthony Talouli (moderator), Acting Director, WMPC Programme, SPREP



Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General, SPREP


Take home message and conclusion: Preparedness in a crisis (5 minutes)


SPREP Webinar 2




Our Ocean Journey for a Bluer Pacific as we navigate through COVID-19

Friday, 12 June 2020: 3-4.30 pm (Samoa time) - Agenda

As we emerge from the pandemic it is absolutely crucial, that sustainability is central to rebuilding our economies as we strive to prosper once again. This webinar will examine recent ocean conservation efforts in the Pacific Region as we discuss how to navigate back onto course set by the Blue Pacific

 Session 1- Moderator: Kosi Latu, Director General, SPREP.



Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum and Pacific Ocean Commissioner

Sustainable approaches to ocean management for a Blue Pacific (video message)

Hon. F. Umiich Sengebau, Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism, Palau and Chairperson of the Our Ocean Conference 2020

Efforts by Palau to address the impacts of COVID-19

The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith, United Kingdom's Minister for the Pacific and Environment

Working in partnership with the Pacific islands region to address marine plastics (video message)

H.E. Ms. Melanie Hopkins, British High Commissioner to Fiji

Q and A

Session 2- Moderator: Peter Davies, Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Adviser, SPREP 

Ms. Nua Vaai, Manino Waters and Prime Pacific Enterprise in Samoa

Working in partnership for a plastic-free Pacific Ocean

Dr. Andrew Smith, Deputy Director, Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Marine Ecosystems, SPC

Impacts of COVID-19 on Pacific island coastal fisheries

Dr. Josie Tamate, Director of Niue Ministry of Natural Resources

Niue Moana Mahu - the second largest Marine Protected Area in the Pacific



Additional Knowledge Resources - OCEANS

Pacific Voyage UN Pacific Ocean Conference 2017

Ocean Toolkit for Pacific Media: Our Pacific Ocean, Our Stories

Pacific Ocean Portal

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