Topic

Biodiversity

  • 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 […]

  • Helping Solomon Islands build resilience through ecosystem-based adaptation

    May 26, 2020

    Following is a Q & A series on Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Staff. In this series, we will be introducing you to members of our SPREP team, giving you the chance to learn more about what we do. Mr Fred Siho Patison is the SPREP Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change […]

  • Happy International Day for Biological Diversity!

    May 26, 2020

    ‘Our Solutions are in Nature’ is the theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity observed annually on 22 May. Nature-based solutions can support climate change adaptation, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, and biodiversity provides the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges we face. Corona virus 2019 (COVID-19) has given the […]

  • Ingrid Leary talks Pacific media freedom with FBC News reporter Sainiani Boila in Suva last year. Image: FBC News screenshot

    Eco-tourism major key to ‘tricky’ Pacific economic reset, says Leary

    May 12, 2020

    As New Zealand prepares to go to alert level two in the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the attention turns to the recovery of the economy – and we must spare a thought for the economies of the Pacific. Most of the Pacific relies on tourism, as does New Zealand, however devastation of the industry has rendered […]

  • Effective Management of Medical Waste Essential During Pandemic

    May 12, 2020

    As the world grapples with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, countries are now facing another challenge as a result: how to manage medical waste safely and effectively. Many types of additional medical and hazardous wastes are being generated during the pandemic, including infected masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE). The Secretariat of the Pacific […]

  • Forest loss slows globally as sustainable management grows

    May 8, 2020

    Globally deforestation continues, albeit at a slower rate, with 10 million hectares a year being converted to other uses since 2015, down from 12 million hectares a year in the previous five years, according to the key findings of a flagship report that is conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations […]

  • The local hero protecting Papua New Guinea from DDT

    February 23, 2020

    When Joshua Wowo was a child, his uncle would take him on rambling walks through the lush forest surrounding their home in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain Province. On these explorations, Wowo would be introduced not only to the beauty of his country, but also to the health risks facing its people. Joshua’s uncle […]

  • Threats to Pacific Islands’ Rich Biodiversity a Key Focus of the Conference

    February 17, 2020

    Conservation management of the rich biodiversity across the Pacific islands region is at the core of the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas. An important event, this will help protect our valuable ecosystem services that the world depends upon. The conference will take place in New Caledonia at the Tjibaou Cultural […]