From Paris to Marrakech to the Pacific, an overview of the UN Climate COP22 outcomes
Mr Kosi Latu, Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)"While the Twenty-second Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP23) may be over, it was straight from one monumental environment event to another with the start of the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Divers... More detail
EBSA, on the agenda at the global biodiversity conference
15 December 2016, CBD COP13, Cancun Mexico - There's a buzz-acronym at the global biodiversity talks that is heard often, it helps the 198 Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity meet their obligation to halt global biodiversity loss.
EBSA which stands for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in open-ocean waters and deep sea habitats, that help to support... More detail
The Cartagena Protocol and the Pacific islands
15 December 2016, CBD COP13, Cancun Mexico - How much do you know about the Cartagena Protocol on biosafety and why it is important for the Pacific islands?There are ten Pacific parties to this Protocol which aims to ensure the safe transport, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMO) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on biodiversity.Fi... More detail
Choiseul province in Solomon Islands takes action for green town
15 December, 2016, Solomon Islands - Environmental groups and authorities of Choiseul province in the Solomon Islands are taking steps to educate and inspire their population to take action for their island town of Taro to be environmentally healthy and resilient.At a provincial workshop on Taro Island jointly funded by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Progra... More detail
Vanuatu and Samoa amongst new Green Climate Fund grants for the Pacific
A USD 23 Million dollar grant for a Climate Information Services for Resilient Development project has been approved for Vanuatu by the Green Climate Fund. This was one of three projects approved for the Pacific islands region this week.A USD 57 million grant was approved for a project in Samoa with UNDP for integrated flood management to enhance climate resilience of the Vaisi... More detail
Regional Invasive Species Schools Challenge Winners announced!
The creativity of Pacific island school children have 'wowed' the judges of the Pacific Invasives Regional Schools Challenge which was launched by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).Lefaga College of Samoa was awarded First Place winning USD 800, Maris Stellar School in Koror, Palau took out Second Place of USD 500 and Tivan High School in Gua... More detail
Protected Areas key to saving Pacific biodiversity
"Investing in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems is one of the most effective, efficient and equitable pathways to achieving the sustainable development goals," – Helen Clark, Director General, UNDP13 December 2016, CBD COP13, Cancun Mexico – "Partnerships for improving natural wealth for achieving global targets and for addressing global challenges" was the th... More detail