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SPREP Statement on asbestos in Suva On 8 May, 2017 representatives from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) received information regarding the possibility of asbestos exposure on the Civic Building work... More detail
Milestone meeting for a milestone project Milestone meeting for a milestone project Representatives from 12 Pacific island countries gathered in Apia, Samoa from 11-12 May, 2017 for the fifth and final steering committee meeting of PacWaste - the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management Pr... More detail
BRS Triple-COPs conclude with high level segment BRS Triple-COPs conclude with high level segment The joint Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, known as the BRS Triple-COPs, concluded on May 5, 2017 after two weeks of back-to-back discussions in Geneva, Swi... More detail
SPREP Director General calls for Pacific regional action on ... SPREP Director General calls for Pacific regional action on hazardous substances The Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention has failed, for the sixth consecutive time, to reach consensus on addressing chrysotile asbestos and paraquat, both of which are known hazardo... More detail
Pacific islands speak in one voice on asbestos Pacific islands speak in one voice on asbestos In Geneva today, Pacific island parties to the Rotterdam Convention joined together to speak in one voice on the issue of asbestos.Ms Lupe Matoto, representing Tonga, addressed the plenary on behalf o... More detail
Working for "a future detoxified" Working for In Geneva this week, representatives from Cook Islands, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa and Tonga, joined staff from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SP... More detail
Clean Seas for a Cleaner Pacific to help save our lifeblood Clean Seas for a Cleaner Pacific to help save our lifeblood "We can and we must work together to fix this as it's a problem that is reaching us in our Pacific homes. We cannot ignore it." – Mr Roger Cornforth, Deputy Director General, SPREP "Marine pollutio... More detail
Women in waste: making the Pacific safer and cleaner for all Women in waste: making the Pacific safer and cleaner for all In the Pacific region, and across the globe, gender plays a crucial role in waste management. The increased participation of women in the planning and implementation of waste management projects, such... More detail
Turning the tide on the war against waste Turning the tide on the war against waste A wave of innovative new waste management initiatives and the introduction of landmark legislation, looks set to place Republic of the Marshall Islands at the forefront of sustainable waste management... More detail
Samoa gets ready for national clean-up Samoa gets ready for national clean-up This Saturday 29 October, volunteers across Upolu, including Miss Samoa, will be participating in Samoa National Clean-up Day.Samoa National Clean-up Day is hosted by Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resou... More detail
Nauru takes action on asbestos Nauru takes action on asbestos The Government of Nauru has taken the pro-active step of arranging for the training of government employees to enforce the safe removal of asbestos across the island.From 11 – 12 October, 12 represe... More detail
International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup a Success International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup a Success Over 2,100 Kilograms of rubbish was collected along 1.5 Kilometres of beach area at Taumeasina in Samoa during the International Coastal Cleanup Day. The rubbish included plastic bags, food wrappers, ... More detail
Pacific islands to join the planet for an International Coas... Pacific islands to join the planet for an International Coastal Cleanup Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be commemorating the International Coastal Cleanup this weekend on the 30th anniversary of the event that encourages countries around th... More detail
Hospital fire highlights need for Pacific-wide asbestos ban Hospital fire highlights need for Pacific-wide asbestos ban After fire ripped through the Old Gizo Hospital Building in Solomon Islands, clean-up efforts were immediately complicated by the discovery of asbestos materials in the debris.Some of these potentiall... More detail
Introducing the Iokwe Bag – a rubbish bag with a differenc... Introducing the Iokwe Bag – a rubbish bag with a difference In Republic of the Marshall Islands this week, the design has been unveiled for a striking new garbage bag, made specifically for household waste collection in Majuro.The Iokwe Bag is a rubbish bag wi... More detail
Partnership growing from strength to strength Partnership growing from strength to strength An important signing between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) heralds the beginning of a strengthened relatio... More detail
Fiji to strengthen its emergency response to marine oil spil... Fiji to strengthen its emergency response to marine oil spills Protecting people and the marine environment is a priority for Fiji, as four ports of the island nation receives oil spill response equipment and training to the value of NZD 850,000.At the start of 2... More detail
Celebrations as first ever Clean Pacific Roundtable comes to... Celebrations as first ever Clean Pacific Roundtable comes to a close The inaugural meeting of the Clean Pacific Roundtable concluded in Suva on 28 July, 2016. Over the course of four days, a total of 96 participants from 21 different countries and territories discussed... More detail
Disaster waste in the spotlight at Clean Pacific Roundtable Disaster waste in the spotlight at Clean Pacific Roundtable 27 July, 2016 – Suva, Fiji: The critical importance of managing the vast quantity of waste caused by cyclones, flooding and tsunamis was highlighted at a special side event of the inaugural Clean Pa... More detail
SPREP and University of Newcastle commit to solutions for a ... SPREP and University of Newcastle commit to solutions for a sustainable Pacific Today at the inaugural Clean Pacific Roundtable in Suva, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Progamme (SPREP) and the University of Ne... More detail
History in the making as first Clean Pacific Roundtable open... History in the making as first Clean Pacific Roundtable opens in Suva 25 July, 2016: Suva was the venue of an historic occasion today with the opening of the first Clean Pacific Roundtable, a gathering of national representatives, donors, partners and other key stakehol... More detail
Milestone PacWaste meeting sets the stage for Clean Pacific ... Milestone PacWaste meeting sets the stage for Clean Pacific Roundtable 22 July, 2016 – Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu: Innovative new approaches to the management of green waste, and the necessity for a coordinated approach to disaster waste were hot topics of conversation at... More detail
Pacific regional hazardous waste management meeting opens in... Pacific regional hazardous waste management meeting opens in Vanuatu Participants from 13 Pacific island countries and territories have joined representatives from the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Santo, Va... More detail
Tackling the menace of used pesticide containers in the Paci... Tackling the menace of used pesticide containers in the Pacific Every year, thousands of kilograms of pesticide products are imported into the Pacific islands region for use in agriculture and pest control.Pesticides require careful handling as many pose an unacce... More detail
Chemical management training helps small islands tackle big ... Chemical management training helps small islands tackle big problems Specialised training in the best-practice management of hazardous chemicals is helping island countries to protect the health of communities and the environment.The countries and territories of the Pa... More detail
Awareness survey highlights importance of educating young Pa... Awareness survey highlights importance of educating young Pacific islanders on asbestos A new survey about asbestos awareness in the Pacific islands has revealed that six in ten people, aged under 30 years, admit to having little or no knowledge about the dangerous mineral and its associ... More detail
New healthcare waste incinerators to improve public and envi... New healthcare waste incinerators to improve public and environmental health across the Pacific The PacWaste project has reached another important milestone with the installation and commissioning of state-of-the-art healthcare waste incinerators in Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.These high... More detail
Working to achieve a PCB-free RMI Working to achieve a PCB-free RMI A new initiative in Republic of the Marshall Islands aims to rid the island nation of a dangerous class of toxic chemicals known as PCBs. Funded through the Pacific POPs Release Reduction Project, the... More detail
Visiting Commissioner praises SPREP/EU collaboration in the ... Visiting Commissioner praises SPREP/EU collaboration in the Pacific The successful partnership between the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has been commended during an official joint New Zealand Government and E... More detail
Shibushi Model Project Stakeholder Meeting “Green Samoa In... Shibushi Model Project Stakeholder Meeting “Green Samoa Initiative Awareness Event” Partnerships and national commitment to promote waste minimisation, especially green waste through composting in communities and the Tafaigata landfill in Samoa, was the theme of the Shibushi Model Pr... More detail
Collaborating for improved environmental and health effectiv... Collaborating for improved environmental and health effectiveness, integration and reach Released to coincide with EU DayTwo European Union funded projects in the Pacific are working together to expand their effectiveness and reach, and deliver improved environmental and public health out... More detail
Investing in community engagement for project success in Maj... Investing in community engagement for project success in Majuro Earlier this month, representatives from government and community organisations gathered in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands to discuss a communications and public engagement plan for the roll... More detail
Creating new pathways for the management and disposal of use... Creating new pathways for the management and disposal of used oil The proper management of used oil is a significant issue for small island nations in the Pacific region. Used oil is often simply dumped, used for ground marking of sports fields by schools and villag... More detail
Pacific POPs Release Reduction Project reaches mid-term mile... Pacific POPs Release Reduction Project reaches mid-term milestone From 11-12 April, representatives from 13 Pacific island countries joined staff from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the United Nations Environment Programme ... More detail
Developing a Waste Policy and Action Plan for Tuvalu Developing a Waste Policy and Action Plan for Tuvalu Pollution problems can seem overwhelming sometimes, especially when you are a small island nation with limited resources but when you go to the drawing board with a group of experts and start at the r... More detail
The State of Asbestos in the Pacific The State of Asbestos in the Pacific On the occasion of Global Asbestos Awareness Week (1-7 April) the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the European Union have partnered with the World Health Organiza... More detail
PacWaste in Action: Postcard from Tanna, Vanuatu PacWaste in Action: Postcard from Tanna, Vanuatu When the news from Fiji started to filter through to communities on remote Tanna island in Vanuatu, the mood was sombre and the empathy palpable.Less than one year earlier, Tanna and nearby Erromango ... More detail
International Women's Day: Celebrating the increased partici... International Women's Day: Celebrating the increased participation of women in waste management In the Pacific region, the tide is turning when it comes to the participation of women in waste management. Historically, the solid and hazardous waste management sector has been dominated by men but ... More detail
Pacific islands urged to eliminate disposal of wastes at sea Pacific islands urged to eliminate disposal of wastes at sea Much of our dialogue about waste disposal is, understandably, focused on the waste that we can see as we go about our day-to-day lives. It would seem that this visual pollution serves as a trigger to ... More detail
Free environmental education resources available for Pacific... Free environmental education resources available for Pacific island schools A group of lucky students at Vaiala Beach School have become the first in the Pacific to receive free copies of a colourful new educational poster, produced through a partnership between the Secretari... More detail
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