Topic

Biodiversity

  • 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 […]

  • OK Tedi reopens

    September 14, 2020

    OK Tedi Mining Limited resumes its gold-copper mining operations today after a six-week closure due to the Covid-19 transmission in its area of operation in Western, a spokesperson says. The company estimates a loss in revenue of K411 million (US$120million) over the six weeks. It also incurred US$10 million (K34.29 million) per week in operating […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • USP undertakes works for PacWasteplus

    August 31, 2020

    The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) has commenced works with the European Union Pacific Waste Management (PacWastePlus) Programme, through a service agreement focused on developing a sustainable capacity building programme for waste management in the Pacific. PacWastePlus is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of […]

  • Giant, fruit-gulping pigeon eaten into extinction on Pacific islands

    July 23, 2020

    A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the lineup of giant island pigeons hunted to extinction. Fossils show that Tongoenas burleyi, a newly described genus and species, inhabited the Pacific islands for at least 60,000 years, but vanished within a century or two of human arrival around 2,850 years ago. Unlike the […]

  • Samoa commits to enhancing e-Waste management

    July 16, 2020

    The Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) with the support of the European Union’s Pacific-EU Waste Management Programme (PacWastePlus) have selected electronic-waste (E-waste) as their priority waste stream and are now in the final stages of the development of their in-country project and related activities to further improve on e-waste management at the […]

  • Cook Islands State of Environment Report endorsed by Cabinet

    July 14, 2020

    The Cook Islands State of Environment Report (SoE) 2018 was officially approved by Cabinet on 6 March, 2020. The report updates the 1993 baseline with the latest findings supported by scientific data from the Cook Islands and presents it in a form that is easily understood. The SoE charts Cook Islands journey towards their national […]