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  • ‘We made the ocean our home’: The islands fighting climate change’

    September 14, 2020

    There is nothing like certainty in uncertain times. Every September, the northern summer folds into autumn, the southern winter blooms into spring. The leaves fall, the buds blossom, and all is well with the world. Except it is not. “Climate change has not stopped for COVID-19.” These are not my words but the headline of […]

  • Former Tuvalu PM hits out at U.S and Australian climate inaction

    September 11, 2020

    A former Prime Minister of Tuvalu and climate change activist has fired shots at Australia and the United States over their inaction regarding climate change. Enele Sopoaga, who is still an MP, addressed this week’s Virtual Island Summit, and told delegates that climate change remained a real threat for those in the Pacific. Sopoaga also […]

  • Vale plant closure mooted in New Caledonia

    September 9, 2020

    The management of New Caledonia’s Vale nickel plant says it could close by the end of the year if no new owner is found. The assessment was given just hours after the planned sale of the Brazilian-owned plant to New Century Resources of Australia failed. The Melbourne-based company pulled out after months of negotiations, saying […]

  • Sir Julius suggests exporting gold to raise PNG revenue

    September 8, 2020

    Former Papua New Guinea prime minister and senior statesman, Sir Julius Chan, is suggesting an economic recovery strategy to be implemented by the State immediately to combat the impacts of Covid-19. As far as he is concerned, the 81-year-old says there is no analysis from the national government on the economic impacts of Covid-19. He […]

  • New Caledonia’s indigenous leaders protest takeover bid from Australian mining company

    September 8, 2020

    New Caledonia’s indigenous leaders have protested an Australian company’s bid to takeover a nickel mine in the south of the French territory. Melbourne-based New Century Resources has been in talks to buy-out the Goro mine from Brazilian multinational Vale. A company spokesperson said it has a strong record of responsible mining practices and a commitment […]

  • USP undertakes works for PacWasteplus

    August 31, 2020

    The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) has commenced works with the European Union Pacific Waste Management (PacWastePlus) Programme, through a service agreement focused on developing a sustainable capacity building programme for waste management in the Pacific. PacWastePlus is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of […]

  • Pacific Fisheries Ministers raise coastal fisheries, marine pollution and climate change concerns

    August 28, 2020

    A new look Pacific Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting, which started virtually yesterday, has tabled key concerns on the state of coastal fisheries, climate change and marine pollution. Their decisions reflect regional priorities for the fisheries and marine sector. Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister of Marine Resources, the Honourable Henry Puna, addressed the meeting stating […]

  • Atoll islanders told to invest beche-de-mer money wisely

    August 26, 2020

    Bougainville have been told to use and invest the money they will get from selling beche-de-mer wisely. More particularly, the people of the Bougainville Atolls who use the sea as their “gold mine” by harvesting and selling marine resources. The beche-de-mer season is now open and a lot of people have already applied for licences. […]

  • Tonga struggles to control its sea cucumber exports

    August 26, 2020

    Tonga is struggling to take full control of the harvesting and the exporting of its Bech-de-mer (sea cucumber) resources to reap its fair share of foreign currency earnings from its export. The CEO for the Ministry of Fisheries, Dr Tu‘ikolongahau Halafihi said public consultations on harvesting and exporting had been ongoing since a moratorium was […]

  • Strengthening Palau’s disaster response and resilience to hazards

    August 26, 2020

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in unison with the Government of Japan and the Government of Palau, are forging ahead to achieve long-term disaster and climate resilience for Palau, despite the challenges of COVID-19. UNDP’s Japan-funded Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience (EDCR) in Palau through Improved Disaster Preparedness and Infrastructure project, is partnering with […]