• How Pacific environmental defenders are coping with the covid pandemic

    October 15, 2020

    In this new covid-19 world, environmental and climate crisis defenders are developing new ways to cope and operate under the pandemic constraints. Groups as diverse as the local branch of the global environmental campaigner Greenpeace Pacific, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Green Party in French Polynesia and Greenpeace New Zealand have found solutions. […]

  • A Pacific success story – the Micronesia Challenge reaches 2020 milestone year

    October 1, 2020

    Fourteen years ago, five Pacific island leaders united for a better Pacific islands region, committing to the Micronesia Challenge, an agreement to effectively conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020. Since then the commitment from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of […]

  • Tuvalu regressing on climate change

    September 30, 2020

    On the eve of the 42nd Anniversary of Tuvalu Independence, the country’s Opposition Group has issued a scathing attack against foreign interests determining Tuvalu and the Pacific region’s agenda. An example cited by the Opposition leader and former Tuvalu Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga was the current government’s decision to endorse the Pacific Resilience Facility (PRF) […]

  • Experts call for stronger management of marine resources

    September 30, 2020

    With reports of increased pressure on Fiji’s inshore fisheries due to the COVID-19-induced economic fallout, experts have renewed calls for stronger management of the resource, which was already vulnerable due to overfishing, outdated regulations and pollution. With the pandemic having pushed more than 115,000 people out of jobs, media reports in Fiji indicate that many […]

  • Lessons in climate-driven relocation: The Narikoso case

    September 24, 2020

    Residents of Narikoso village in Fiji await relocation eight years on. Their experience provides valuable lessons for future relocation projects.   Eight years ago the villagers of Narikoso, a coastal village on Ono Island, Kadavu in Fiji, were promised relocation, away from rising sea levels that threatened their livelihoods and future existence. The Fijian government […]

  • Eco-tourism is the way of the post-covid future for the ‘blue’ Pacific

    September 17, 2020

    Unspoilt beaches, palm trees swaying in a zephyr of a breeze and the gentle sunlight dancing on the turquoise blue sea as the lapping waves shimmer on the breakwater make one imagine a Pacific paradise unspoiled. But, that is until the best sounds come screeching like a broken record as it grates and gnaws away […]

  • Common enemy overcomes fragile Pacific regional unity – climate change

    September 17, 2020

    Six years on from being appointed head of the Pacific Community, Director-General Collin Tukuitonga, a boy born on the tiny Pacific island of Niue, has a voice louder than a schoolboy rugby captain, a voice that serves him well as a Pasifika community leader. There is little doubt his credentials are impressive for a boy […]

  • How covid-19 has undermined climate change initiatives in the Pacific

    September 17, 2020

    “Climate change may be slower but its momentum is enormous.” – Stuart Chape, Acting Director-General, South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). Does anyone remember Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish environmentalist who caused a worldwide climate change stir – particularly among the neoliberal believers – but was voted Time magazine Person of the Year 2019 for […]

  • French nuclear tests: ‘I bury people nearly every day, what was our sin?

    September 17, 2020

    The day began with a video, showing a disparate collection of arresting images – the drowned Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira, camera in hand and a huge smile on his face. Mugshots of two captured French DGSE secret agents – a fake honeymooning pair jailed for manslaughter, but later spirited off to Hao atoll and freedom. […]

  • Sustainable management of coastal and marine biodiversity in Vanuatu

    September 17, 2020

    Senior representatives from eight Government Departments met in Port Vila for the first meeting of the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme-funded By-catch and Integrated Ecosystem Management (BIEM) Initiative Steering Committee. Participants approved a wide range of activities to support coastal communities, government authorities and other groups, as well as to protect threatened marine species […]