Region

Vanuatu

  • 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 […]

  • Vanuatu: A real test for local emergency response

    July 23, 2020

    Rated as the country with the highest disaster risk worldwide, Vanuatu is no stranger to severe tropical cyclones. When Tropical Cyclone Pam struck the country in 2015, it affected around 166,000 people and left a trail of destruction. Similarly, Tropical Cyclone Harold, a category 5 cyclone that hit Vanuatu on 6 April this year, affected […]

  • SPC launches new project, targets unemployed youths

    June 12, 2020

    The Pacific Community (SPC) has launched a new project dubbed “300 Coconut Bag Project” at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) headquarters Monday. SPC in partnership with the Vanuatu Ocean Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vanuatu Society for People with Disability (VSDP) and the Ministry of Justice Disability team joined in the initiative […]

  • Vanuatu bans importation of OKI tinned fish from China

    May 26, 2020

    The Vanuatu Government will ban importation of OKI tinned fish from China to prevent citizens from being exposed to food hazard, after a large quantity of contaminated products were sent to volcano victims on Tanna. These OKI tinned fish contained worms, which is a physical hazard and not fit for consumption although they are dead […]

  • 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 […]

  • Commonwealth enters new partnership to enhance climate action in Pacific

    November 13, 2019

    The Commonwealth has entered into an innovative partnership with a UN agency to enhance climate action and disaster preparedness via satellite earth observation. The partnership will support some small island developing states in the Commonwealth, namely Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, with access to vital satellite-based tools and information on disaster and climate risks to […]

  • Pacific lead in Waste Management

    October 22, 2019

    The Pacific region is the focus of cooperative waste management projects, including innovative recycling programmes, which are beginning to resolve long-standing waste problems in the region. This was revealed byKenichiro Koiwa of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Environmental Management Group during a presentation to journalists at the JICA Head Office in Tokyo Monday. The […]

  • ‘We need support’: Pacific Islands seek help and unity to fight climate change

    October 7, 2019

    In recent weeks, children marched, nations made promises and teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg scolded world leaders for “failing us.” But while one of the groups most vulnerable to climate change, the Pacific Islands, may have received fewer headlines, it was among those making the strongest calls for action. Pacific Island government officials in New […]

  • The makings of a climate change resistance in the Pacific

    June 10, 2019

    By Aude Emilie-Dorion and Roline Likas Vanuatu, an archipelago of 80 volcanic islands in the Southwest Pacific, is ground zero in the global fight against climate change. In just the past few decades, many coastal communities here have moved several hundred meters from the shore, destabilizing livelihoods, especially among fishermen and their families. But the […]

  • In Vanuatu, women draw strength from rhythm of the ocean

    June 10, 2019

    By Aude Emilie-Dorion In a remote part of the Pacific, water music is helping women deepen their ties to the ocean and strengthen their social and economic standing. DOLAP, Vanuatu – It’s here, in this village on the west coast of Gaua, a small island in the north of Vanuatu, that water music originated. Water […]