Region

New Caledonia

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Report on New Caledonia’s coral reefs offers a glimmer of hope for the future

    May 28, 2020

    A new report from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) provides a promising assessment of the status of coral reefs in New Caledonia. Released today, the Global Reef Expedition: New Caledonia Final Report summarizes the Foundation’s findings from a research mission to study the health and resiliency of the coral reefs of New […]

  • 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 […]

  • Pacific island nations at COP25 in Madrid. Photo by Allan Jay Quesada

    Pacific island nations at the climate talks: Leave no one behind

    December 12, 2019

    Describing climate change as one of the greatest threats to their survival, leaders of the sinking countries in the Pacific region urged the international community at the 25th Conference of Parties (COP25) to urgently act and avert climate crisis. “ We are clearly on the frontline of climate change. They are realities for countries in […]

  • Samoa pushes climate ambition, Deputy PM tells conference

    June 30, 2019

    Samoa is actively engaged in discussions for the protection of areas beyond its national jurisdiction for marine biodiversity. This was highlighted by Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, during the recent 11th Conference of the Pacific Community on Oceans and Sustainable Development in New Caledonia last week. Mata’afa said Samoa is joining other countries in […]

  • Ouvéa, a fragile paradise

    September 11, 2018

    By Sophie Pecquet. Photos by Aude-Emilie Dorion, 10 September 2018 Nicknamed “the island closest to paradise,” Ouvéa is considered one of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific. Part of the lagoons of New Caledonia, it was registered in 2008 as a World Heritage Site under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Its […]