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  • Samoa conference inspires action on boosting small states’ resilience to disasters

    April 25, 2019

    APIA, Samoa (April 25, 2019) — Samoa faced huge flooding in 2018 after torrential rain fell overnight, leaving a trail of destruction, 330 people evacuated and US$10 million of infrastructural damage. The lessons learned from this experience made Samoa a suitable location to host the fifth Commonwealth Global Biennial Conference on Small States under the […]

  • Fiji landowners hail rejection of Malolo project

    April 10, 2019

    MALOLO,10 APRIL 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) Villagers on Fiji’s Malolo have welcomed the cancellation of a Chinese resort project and are calling on the government to stop tourism expanding on the island. Fiji’s Environment Department has revoked Freesoul Real Estate’s Environment Impact Assessment approval, following substantial environmental damage to the island. The headman at Solevu Village […]

  • USP Journalism secures $US20k grant to boost environmental journalism

    April 09, 2019

    The Journalism Programme at The University of the South Pacific has won major recognition through a $US20,000 ($F42,617) grant in a boost for environmental reporting in the Pacific. The programme was one of 14 recipients of the competitive Internews/Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal media grants, 2019. The EJN sees the grant programme as […]

  • EJN Awards Grants to 14 Asian Organizations Focused on Expanding Access to Environmental Information

    April 07, 2019

    Internews’ Earth Journalism Network has selected 14 organizations as recipients of its annual media grants supported by our Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal projects. The competitive grant program is an opportunity for media, civil society organizations and academic institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific to think critically and creatively about how to build local resources for […]

  • PNG demonstrating global leadership on climate action

    March 03, 2019

    Why action against climate change is so important and how partners are helping the people of Papua New Guinea? A man in East New Britain says to his son, ‘the wet seasons do not come when they should and the sun feels hotter than when I was your age.’ They stand overlooking their vegetable garden. […]

  • Changing Climate, Changing Home

    February 23, 2019

    By Roline Likas, InfoPacific TIGAK ISLANDS, Papua New Guinea–The Pacific Islanders face some of the most dire consequences of rising seas—from flooding to disruptions on various islands, saltwater intrusion and the inevitable relocation of people from disappearing shorelines. They face similar challenges from the changing climate, yet these are exacerbated by their remoteness and smallness. […]

  • The Rising Stars of a Sinking Island

    February 10, 2019

    By Ronald Flier Toito’ona, 7 February 2019 The Solomon Star, Solomon Islands From rising seas an island finds sport, and a campaign to combat climate change When 29-year-old Roy Funusui Mafane stood on the podium to receive the 2016 Solomon Games Beach Soccer Championship trophy and gold medal, he envisioned the future of the sport for him […]

  • Saving Tongan Whistlers

    February 04, 2019

    Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Mount Talau on the island of Vava’u in Tonga, is a conservation area. It is also a favourite sight-seeing place for many – locals and tourists alike. Hovering over Neiafu town, the view from the top is majestic. One gets to see the Bay of Refuge and surrounding islands from the mountain […]

  • Return of the kanahe in Vava’u

    February 04, 2019

    NEIAFU, Vava’u – Mullets (scientific name Mugilidae) were caught in waters of Vava’u around 50 years ago. “We used to have kanahe (mullet) around our island shores,” says Ulaiasi Vaisima, the town officer and local businessman. “Then they disappeared and for most of our lifetime, we did not see this species of fish again.” Vaisima’s […]

  • Covering climate change a challenge for the Pacific Island journalists

    January 10, 2019

    By Benjamin Kedoga Journalists in the Pacific region who cover climate change and environment-related issues continue to face many challenges. The scientific component of climate change has traditionally been the greater area of challenge. This is coupled with the lack of opportunities that enable reporters to enhance their understanding to be more effective at communicating […]