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Society & Community

  • A Pacific success story – the Micronesia Challenge reaches 2020 milestone year

    October 1, 2020

    Fourteen years ago, five Pacific island leaders united for a better Pacific islands region, committing to the Micronesia Challenge, an agreement to effectively conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020. Since then the commitment from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of […]

  • Tuvalu regressing on climate change

    September 30, 2020

    On the eve of the 42nd Anniversary of Tuvalu Independence, the country’s Opposition Group has issued a scathing attack against foreign interests determining Tuvalu and the Pacific region’s agenda. An example cited by the Opposition leader and former Tuvalu Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga was the current government’s decision to endorse the Pacific Resilience Facility (PRF) […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]