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Samoa Preventing the Ocean from Becoming a Dump 4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa - Samoa's initiative to end marine litter was highlighted at a side event led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) during the third SIDS Conference in Apia this week.Titled "The Last Straw – preventing our oceans from becoming dumps", the side event noted... More detail
Strong Cook Islands presence at launch of 'Vital Harbours' short film Strong Cook Islands presence at launch of 'Vital Harbours' short film 4 September, 2014, Apia, Samoa -  Amidst resonating drum beats, cultural island dancers and with the attendance of the reigning Miss South Pacific, the Cook Islands launched 'Vital Harbours' a short film that makes up part of the Vital Series developed under the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa this... More detail
Pacific Leaders share their views on climate diplomacy Pacific Leaders share their views on climate diplomacy By Makereta Komai, Editor PACNEWS4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa - Tuvalu’s Prime Minister, Hon.  Enele Sopoaga did not mince his words when he told delegates at the United Nations Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that his island nation will only support countries at the United Nation that are sympathetic to its climate change demands.He was making reference to developed co... More detail
International Cooperation on Climate Change Data and Information Management International Cooperation on Climate Change Data and Information Management 4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa - An event to help enhance collaboration among SIDS members in the area of climate change data and information management components took place during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.   Hosted by the Government of Vanuatu, the National Advisory Bureau of the island nation is striving for greater collaboration among SIDS m... More detail
Moving the '3R's + Return' forward in the Pacific islands Moving the '3R's + Return' forward in the Pacific islands 4 September, 2014, Apia, Samoa - Reduce, reuse, recycle and return is the suggested plan of action for Pacific island countries and territories.  This was raised during a special parallel event during the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States in Apia Samoa.Hosted at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme headquarters, Director-General David... More detail
Pacific Shark Heritage Programme launched at SPREP Pacific Shark Heritage Programme launched at SPREP L - R Mr. Ian Campbell WWF, Mr. Mike Donoghue SPREP 3 September, 2014, Apia, Samoa - The Pacific Shark Heritage Programme was launched this week at the campus of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) during the Third United Nationsl Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa.The Pacific Shark Heritage Programme, a joint effort by the Worldwide Fund... More detail
Highlighting Displacement in the Context of Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change Highlighting Displacement in the Context of Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change After the 'Prevent, Prepare, and Resond:  Displacement inthe context of disasters and the effects of climate change' event during the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States. 3 September 2014, Apia, Samoa - For centuries, war, famine and persecution have resulted in the forced movement of populations both within national borders and across them. Generally, people wh... More detail
Data to Action - Durable partnerships benefit Pacific Island countries Data to Action - Durable partnerships benefit Pacific Island countries L - R  Kosi Latu SPREP, Senator Brett Mason, Fata Sunny Seuseu, Uaneta Toorua2 September 2014, Apia, Samoa - "Ocean Journey: From data to action" an event at the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States highlighted the close partnership between the Government of Australia and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Facilitated by the ... More detail
Weatherfront - How Weather and Climate Services are Protecting Small Island Communities Weatherfront - How Weather and Climate Services are Protecting Small Island Communities A summary of a BBC World Panel featuring Pacific Island Leaders2 September 2014, Apia, Samoa - The cameras of world were focussed on Leaders of the Small Island Developing States as they took part in a televised panel discussion on the need to strengthen weather and climate services for small island nations.Hosted by David Eades from BBC World and broadcast to a global audience, this was an oppo... More detail
Blue Green Economy way to go for atoll nations: UNFCCC Chief Blue Green Economy way to go for atoll nations: UNFCCC Chief Samisoni Pareti, Group Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business Magazine 2 September, 2014, Apia, Samoa - The head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Ms. Christiana Figueres believes the blue green economy concept is not an option for small atoll nations, but it is the only option they have. Speaking at a side event of the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States cu... More detail
Access and Benefit Sharing - Forum on Marine Bio-prospecting Access and Benefit Sharing - Forum on Marine Bio-prospecting 2 September 2014, Apia, Samoa - A parallel event on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) on Marine Bioprospecting was held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) campus during the UN SIDS conference in Samoa. The presenters were Clark Peteru, Legal Adviser at SPREP, Dr Andreas Drews, Coordinator of the ABS Capacity Development Initiative of GIZ (German Federal Enterpr... More detail
Tide projections help in Samoa Parliament construction Tide projections help in Samoa Parliament construction Samisoni Pareti, Group Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business Magazine 1 September 2014, Apia, Samoa - A leading climate change scientist in the Pacific has revealed that sea level rise projections were applied in the construction of Samoa’s new parliament building.                      These presentations were made at the Coping with and ad... More detail
Rescuing the Global Ocean - Think Global, Act Local Rescuing the Global Ocean - Think Global, Act Local 1 September, 2014, Apia, Samoa - The Global Ocean Commission was presented for the first time in the Pacific at a panel discussion on the edge of the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States in Samoa. The Parallel event hosted at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SRPEP) consisted of a panel that included the Minister Natural... More detail
Waste management practices critical to sustainable consumption and production in SIDS Waste management practices critical to sustainable consumption and production in SIDS Best practice waste management was highlighted at a side event on the first day at the Third United Nations Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as one of the most pressing, and immediate, environmental and social issues facing the region. Pictured above: Speakers at the side event. Dr David Haynes, Director of Waste Management and Pollution Control at the Secretariat of the Pa... More detail
Climate-Resilient Partnerships showcased before the UNSIDS in Samoa Climate-Resilient Partnerships showcased before the UNSIDS in Samoa 30 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - The Climate-Resilient Islands Partnership Parallel event brought together different island regions before the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States in Samoa.Held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the event discussed the strength in partnerships, highlighting the work of the Caribbean, Indian Ocean a... More detail
Pacific Resilience – Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP)... Pacific Resilience – Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) Secretariat of Pacific Communities (SPC) Secretariat of Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Friday 29th August, Apia, Samoa - On Monday the 1st of September, the Government of Tonga will lead the SIDS side event, Building Pacific Resilience – the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific... More detail
Contributing to journalists training at SPREP Contributing to journalists training at SPREP From Tokelau Media27 and 28 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - Tokelau staff contributed to the journalists training that is currently taking place at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The aim is to introduce journalists through PacMAS, the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme, to a wide range of environmental topics. Many of these will be discussed at the third meeting of ... More detail
Pacific Jewel venue of Ocean Acidification Workshop Pacific Jewel venue of Ocean Acidification Workshop 28 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - There were some gorgeous views from alongside the Pacific Jewel in Apia this morning.International experts on ocean acidification are gathered on board the cruise ship today and tomorrow to discuss state-of-the-science considerations on ocean acidification for Small Island Developing States.Workshop participants are hoping to take a 'Declaration on Ocean Acidificati... More detail
Talking Climate Change with Samoa Talking Climate Change with Samoa 27 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project was the focus of a panel discussion on the Lali Program on TV1 in Samoa. The panel featured speakers from the Government of Samoa, SPREP and the United Nations Development Programme, Samoa. Two panels were spread across two different screenings on TV1 on the 26th and 27th of August. "We want to help bring this discus... More detail
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