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  • Climate change research aims to give back Pacific’s ‘sustainable voice

    February 24, 2020

    A University of Waikato researcher says some of the current colonial representations of climate change in the Pacific are obscuring Pacific voices and failing to recognise the importance of Indigenous knowledge in the fight against the changing climate. Dr Jessica Pasisi’s thesis, Niue Women’s Perspective and Experiences of Climate Change – a Hiapo Aproach, brings […]

  • Climate Change changes the Atolls’ lifestyles

    February 24, 2020

    In the past, the women of Ontong Java in Malaita Outer Islands used to harvest sea shells not far from the shores to sell for incomes. Today, the women abandoned their activities because the sea level rise has covered the harvesting areas. Jenny Asua, who comes from the island confirmed to Island Sun in an […]

  • The local hero protecting Papua New Guinea from DDT

    February 23, 2020

    When Joshua Wowo was a child, his uncle would take him on rambling walks through the lush forest surrounding their home in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain Province. On these explorations, Wowo would be introduced not only to the beauty of his country, but also to the health risks facing its people. Joshua’s uncle […]

  • Threats to Pacific Islands’ Rich Biodiversity a Key Focus of the Conference

    February 17, 2020

    Conservation management of the rich biodiversity across the Pacific islands region is at the core of the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.  An important event, this will help protect our valuable ecosystem services that the world depends upon. The conference will take place in New Caledonia at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, […]

  • Pacific Island Countries move forward with Pacific Waste Management programme

    February 13, 2020

    Pacific island countries, supported by the European Union (EU) funded Pacific Waste Management Programme (PacWastePlus) concluded their intensive three-day programme steering committee meeting, acknowledging that waste management is a serious issue of concern for the region, especially hazardous wastes such as, E-waste and Asbestos as well as solid wastes, specifically Recyclables. Secretariat of the Pacific […]

  • Bill to end Palau’s 26-year fishing ban on endangered species faces pushback

    February 13, 2020

    A fisheries scientist warns that a move to lift a 26-year ban and allow fishing of an endangered fish species for personal use lacks controls with loopholes that could lead to it being overfished and exported illegally to Asian markets, where the Napoleon Wrasse is a delicacy. It is the most expensive reef fish in […]

  • Work to address marine plastic litter gets off the ground

    February 13, 2020

     A cleaner Pacific Ocean free from single-use plastics. This is the vision behind the Pacific Ocean Litter Project (POLP), a six-year AUD 16 million project, which aims to complement existing waste management projects to support the delivery of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)’s Pacific Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter 2018. […]

  • Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway upgrade climate plans before COP26

    February 11, 2020

    The Marshall Islands, Suriname and Norway have submitted plans for tougher action to tackle climate change before a five-year milestone of the Paris Agreement in 2020, with almost 200 others ignoring an informal 09 February deadline. Together the three countries account for about 0.1% of world emissions. The Marshall Islands, which says its 53,000 citizens […]

  • Fiji Prime Minister Bainimarama opens the Regional Pacific NDC Hub office

    February 7, 2020

    Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama opened the Regional Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Hub Office on Tuesday, marking an important milestone for Pacific Island member countries determination to take a leading role in meeting the climate change targets set out in the Paris Agreement. The establishment of NDC Hub is a direct outcome of the Inaugural […]

  • Fiji Environment Minister calls for a national movement to combat litter

    February 7, 2020

    Combating litter and protecting our environment is everyone’s business and therefore, there should be a national movement to keep our country clean. This was highlighted by the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Dr. Mahendra Reddy while officiating at the litter Act 2008 Litter Prevention Officer (LPO) Enforcement Training at Fiji […]