Topic

Biodiversity

  • 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 […]

  • SPREP celebrates 27 years of service to the Pacific

    June 17, 2020

    The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) celebrated its 27th anniversary Tuesday since the signing of the Treaty Establishing SPREP on June 16, 1993. SPREP’s past anniversary celebrations have included public activities and events, such as SPREP’s famous ‘open days’ which have seen hundreds of school students from across Samoa visit SPREP’s campus […]

  • 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 […]

  • Pacific islanders confront twin threats of climate change and coronavirus

    June 9, 2020

    Kiribati is located in the central Pacific Ocean. People living on an isolated island community in the Pacific Ocean are finding ways to reduce their dependence on expensive imported food while promoting climate resilient farming techniques, thanks to a programme supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Islanders in Kiribati have long recognized that they […]

  • Fiji’s first state of the art greenhouse to be established

    June 4, 2020

    A brand new state of the art greenhouse will soon be established at Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture’s Koronivia Research Station (KRS), the first to be built for the Ministry. This has been made possible through partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFIL), underscoring the importance of enhancing Fiji’s […]

  • Aiming for a ‘Bluer Pacific’ in post COVID-19 recovery plans

    June 4, 2020

    As the Pacific islands assess ways to build back economies severely struck by the COVID-19 crisis, the environmental impacts faced worldwide highlight the opportunity we now have in our hands to build back a ‘Bluer Pacific’.  Key to this is, is an environmental component in all post COVID-19 recovery plans across our Pacific islands region. […]

  • Protecting Fiji’s most important marine areas

    June 3, 2020

    The Government of Fiji is committed to a national network of 30 percent Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by the end of 2020. With the support of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Oceania Regional Office, and other government agencies, and NGO partners, Fiji’s offshore zero draft map was officially presented to the Ministry […]

  • Environmentalist calls on Cooks gov’t to listen to experts on seabed mining

    June 3, 2020

    An environmental activist in the Cook Islands says the government must listen to the experts on the merits of seabed mining. The Cook Islands is reputed to have billions of dollars worth of mineral-laden nodules on its ocean floor and is keen to exploit them. It is opposed to a call for a 10 year […]