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Policy

  • 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 […]

  • How covid-19 has undermined climate change initiatives in the Pacific

    September 17, 2020

    “Climate change may be slower but its momentum is enormous.” – Stuart Chape, Acting Director-General, South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). Does anyone remember Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish environmentalist who caused a worldwide climate change stir – particularly among the neoliberal believers – but was voted Time magazine Person of the Year 2019 for […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Palau aims to become world’s first “Carbon neutral tourism destination”

    August 17, 2020

    The Palau Bureau of Tourism, Sustainable Travel International and Slow Food have launched a new project in Palau that aims to mitigate the tourism sector’s carbon footprint and establish Palau as the world’s first “Carbon neutral tourism destination.” The project is taking a destination-level approach that includes promoting local food production within tourism and developing […]

  • Climate Change can’t be ‘quarantined’: Taloiburi

    August 13, 2020

    Pacific Island Forum Secretariat finance adviser Exsley Taloiburi is worried that climate change may slip down regions’ agenda as Pacific ministers put focus on coronavirus. Speaking in the margins of the Economic Forum Ministers Meeting (FEMM) Taloiburi said while the deadly virus can be quarantined and worked around, the change in weather patterns can never […]

  • Solomon Islands private sector strengthens engagement in climate change resilience

    July 20, 2020

    A national mapping project has provided businesses in the Solomon Islands with increased understanding of climate and resilience financing. The project is seeking to strengthen private sector’s engagement and to promote public-private partnerships in this crucial area of financing. The mapping project was a joint undertaking by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]