Topic

Oceans

  • Lessons in climate-driven relocation: The Narikoso case

    September 24, 2020

    Residents of Narikoso village in Fiji await relocation eight years on. Their experience provides valuable lessons for future relocation projects.   Eight years ago the villagers of Narikoso, a coastal village on Ono Island, Kadavu in Fiji, were promised relocation, away from rising sea levels that threatened their livelihoods and future existence. The Fijian government […]

  • 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 […]

  • Common enemy overcomes fragile Pacific regional unity – climate change

    September 17, 2020

    Six years on from being appointed head of the Pacific Community, Director-General Collin Tukuitonga, a boy born on the tiny Pacific island of Niue, has a voice louder than a schoolboy rugby captain, a voice that serves him well as a Pasifika community leader. There is little doubt his credentials are impressive for a boy […]

  • French nuclear tests: ‘I bury people nearly every day, what was our sin?

    September 17, 2020

    The day began with a video, showing a disparate collection of arresting images – the drowned Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira, camera in hand and a huge smile on his face. Mugshots of two captured French DGSE secret agents – a fake honeymooning pair jailed for manslaughter, but later spirited off to Hao atoll and freedom. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Former Tuvalu PM hits out at U.S and Australian climate inaction

    September 11, 2020

    A former Prime Minister of Tuvalu and climate change activist has fired shots at Australia and the United States over their inaction regarding climate change. Enele Sopoaga, who is still an MP, addressed this week’s Virtual Island Summit, and told delegates that climate change remained a real threat for those in the Pacific. Sopoaga also […]

  • Atoll islanders told to invest beche-de-mer money wisely

    August 26, 2020

    Bougainville have been told to use and invest the money they will get from selling beche-de-mer wisely. More particularly, the people of the Bougainville Atolls who use the sea as their “gold mine” by harvesting and selling marine resources. The beche-de-mer season is now open and a lot of people have already applied for licences. […]

  • Tonga struggles to control its sea cucumber exports

    August 26, 2020

    Tonga is struggling to take full control of the harvesting and the exporting of its Bech-de-mer (sea cucumber) resources to reap its fair share of foreign currency earnings from its export. The CEO for the Ministry of Fisheries, Dr Tu‘ikolongahau Halafihi said public consultations on harvesting and exporting had been ongoing since a moratorium was […]

  • Pacific Tuna Tagging expedition overcomes COVID Challenge

    August 17, 2020

    Despite the significant challenges presented by COVID-19, the Pacific Community (SPC) 7-week research expedition to monitor the health of world’s largest tuna fishery departed from Honolulu on Saturday 15 August 2020. Half of the world’s tuna catch comes from the Western & Central Pacific, providing a critical source of protein and export revenue for Pacific […]

  • Tonga wants to ban single-use plastics

    August 17, 2020

    Tonga is looking at phasing out single-use plastics such as shopping bags, cutlery, straws and more starting next year, confirmed Director of Environment, Lupe Matoto. Lupe told a regional conference last week that in September last year, Cabinet started the process to ban single-use plastics. Work is currently underway with the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance, […]