• Samoa conference inspires action on boosting small states’ resilience to disasters

    April 25, 2019

    APIA, Samoa (April 25, 2019) — Samoa faced huge flooding in 2018 after torrential rain fell overnight, leaving a trail of destruction, 330 people evacuated and US$10 million of infrastructural damage. The lessons learned from this experience made Samoa a suitable location to host the fifth Commonwealth Global Biennial Conference on Small States under the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Management of meteorological data crucial for Samoa in building resilience to extreme events

    October 28, 2016

    By: JOSHUA LAFOAI/Loop Samoa The Samoa Meteorology office is undergoing training on better managing of meteorological data gathered by experts since 1890.  It is these information that Meteorological Office Chief Executive Officer Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea says will be critical to efforts by Samoa in resilience to extreme events. “We are the only country in the […]

  • Calls for studies into decreasing catches of palolo worms

    October 25, 2016

    By: JOSHUA LAFOAI/Loop Samoa Over the weekend, dozens of people spent hours at sea to catch a much sought after delicacy known as palolo worms or Samoan palolo worms. The palolo worms (Palola viridis) rise to the surface once a year in the last quarter of the moon in October and November and in the […]

  • Agriculture show in Samoa showcases wide variety of produce

    October 13, 2016

    By: JOSHUA LAFOAI/Loop Samoa A variety of agricultural and fisheries produce is on display at the two-day Agriculture Show in Apia. The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Laauli Leuatea Polataivao says he is proud of the large variety of produce from around the country. He says as technology changes, farmers are being challenged to be […]

  • Samoa to focus on challenges faced by oceans

    October 1, 2016

    By: JOSHUA LAFOAI/Loop Samoa Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the biggest challenges that Samoa is facing are related to its oceans. Tuilaepa says sea level rise is an effect of global warming and illegal fishing is harming Samoa’s present and threatens its future. “That is our biggest fear, which is why our focus […]

  • Private sectors need to be in the driver’s seat to rapidly develop island economies

    August 30, 2016

    By: JOSHUA LAFOAI/Loop Samoa The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi opened the 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum in Apia, where he emphasized the effects of climate change on different sectors of the economy. These sectors are namely tourism, local produce, food security and health. Tuilaepa linked the different sectors and addressed a much broader […]