Region

Melanesia

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Pacific Tuna Tagging expedition overcomes COVID Challenge

    August 17, 2020

    Despite the significant challenges presented by COVID-19, the Pacific Community (SPC) 7-week research expedition to monitor the health of world’s largest tuna fishery departed from Honolulu on Saturday 15 August 2020. Half of the world’s tuna catch comes from the Western & Central Pacific, providing a critical source of protein and export revenue for Pacific […]

  • Climate Change can’t be ‘quarantined’: Taloiburi

    August 13, 2020

    Pacific Island Forum Secretariat finance adviser Exsley Taloiburi is worried that climate change may slip down regions’ agenda as Pacific ministers put focus on coronavirus. Speaking in the margins of the Economic Forum Ministers Meeting (FEMM) Taloiburi said while the deadly virus can be quarantined and worked around, the change in weather patterns can never […]

  • FFC adopts the FFA Regional PSM framework

    August 5, 2020

    The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) has successfully sanctioned the regional Port State Measure (PSM) framework at its 114th meeting held in June. According to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) Director-General, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen, “this marks a significant milestone in the Agency’s efforts to strengthen and enhance port-based activities in relation to addressing […]

  • FFA convenes talks on Impacts of Climate Change on Tuna

    June 11, 2020

    THE Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has hosted a one-day online discussion today, on the impacts of Climate Change on Offshore Fisheries. The meeting is part of the Secretariat’s work programme emanating from Forum Fisheries Ministers.  At their meeting held in Pohnpei, FSM in June 2019, Ministers agreed that this work would include: (i) […]

  • World Environment Day 2020 – It’s Time for Nature

    June 4, 2020

    Opinion by Sefanaia Nawadra – Head of the UN Environment Programme, Pacific Office Around the globe there are more than one million plant and animal species on the verge of disappearing forever. The planet is not in good shape because of us. Nature is suffering biodiversity and habitat loss, a rapidly heating climate, and toxic […]