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Polynesia

  • Work to address marine plastic litter gets off the ground

    February 13, 2020

     A cleaner Pacific Ocean free from single-use plastics. This is the vision behind the Pacific Ocean Litter Project (POLP), a six-year AUD 16 million project, which aims to complement existing waste management projects to support the delivery of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)’s Pacific Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter 2018. […]

  • 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 […]

  • SPC and GIZ sign agreement to support NDC hub

    November 19, 2019

    The Regional Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions Hub (NDC Hub) was launched in 2017 as a response to calls from Pacific Island Countries (PICs) for a regional platform to support them in implementing, enhancing and financing their national climate commitments made under the Paris Agreement (CoP 21). Through the NDC Hub, a team of experts from […]

  • New Ministry planned for climate response in Samoa

    November 7, 2019

    The Government of Samoa is in the process of planning to establish a new Climate Change Ministry to deal specifically with the challenges of adapting to global warming. Discussions for the new Ministry’s creation were confirmed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, one the sidelines of […]

  • Dumped fishing gear is biggest plastic polluter in ocean

    November 7, 2019

    Lost and abandoned fishing gear which is deadly to marine life makes up the majority of large plastic pollution in the oceans, according to a report by Greenpeace. More than 640,000 tonnes of nets, lines, pots and traps used in commercial fishing are dumped and discarded in the sea every year, the same weight as […]

  • Suspension of COP25 highlights injustice says Pacific NGOs

    November 1, 2019

    The Chilean Government has announced the suspension of the UN Climate Summit (COP25), scheduled to take place in Santiago this December, due to the social demonstrations protesting rising costs, debt and inequality, and marred by heavy-handed arrests from state forces in the past weeks. 350.org Pacific Regional Managing Director, Fenton Lutunatabua issued the following statement: […]

  • Climate warming promises frequent extreme El Nino events

    October 22, 2019

    El Niño events cause serious shifts in weather patterns across the globe, and an important question that scientists have sought to answer is: how will climate change affect the generation of strong El Niño events? A new study, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by a team of international climate […]

  • Forced displacement last option, says Tuvalu PM

    December 13, 2016

    By: CHARLENE LANYON/The Fiji Times PACIFIC Island nations need to address the issue of climate change displaced communities as it affects livelihoods, culture and society, says Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga. Speaking during a press conference at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) office in Suva yesterday, Mr […]

  • Savai’i resort operator concerned about climate change effects on tourism

    November 29, 2016

    By: JOSHUA LAFOAI/Loop Samoa Resort operators like Leota Lu on Savai’i Island in Samoa have over the years observed parts of the beaches disappear into the ocean. According to Lu, he has not seen anything like this in his 30 years of operating the Vacations Beach Fales in Itu o Tane district. “It’s so strong […]

  • Samoa’s PM urges countries to continue momentum of action against climate change

    November 18, 2016

    By: JOSHUA LAFOAI/Loop Samoa Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has urged the countries taking part in the 22nd Conference of the Parties, to keep moving forward in the fight against climate change. In his address, Tuilaepa emphasized that slowing down now, is not acceptable. “We have gathered in this wonderful city to determine how […]