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First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology and Third Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council : Report of Proceedings and Outcomes, 20-24 July, 2015

Pages from pmmm-pmc3The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM-1) and the Third Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting (PMC-3) convened at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga on the 20 to 24 July, 2015. The meeting adopted the theme: "Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific"; underpinning the important role of NMHSs in the sustainable development context of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).



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Report of the Second (2nd) Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-2), 1-5 July, 2013, Nadi, Fiji Islands

Pages from pmc2The Second Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-2) was held at the Novotel Hotel Conference Centre, Nadi, Fiji Islands from 1 to 5 July, 2013. Members of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) from the following countries and territories attended the meeting: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America and Vanuatu. An apology was received from Papua New Guinea.

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State of conservation in Nauru : country report

Pages from NAURU-WEB copy copyThis Nauru country assessment provides key findings for Nauru that contributed to developing the comprehensive State of Conservation in Oceania 2013 report. This report assesses the overall state of conservation in Nauru using 16 indicators. The indicators provide information not only about the state of conservation in Nauru but also about what pressures and threats conservation in Nauru is facing and what action is being taken to halt further loss or degradation and improve its
long-term sustainability.

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State of conservation in Fiji : country report

Pages from FIJI-WEBThis Fiji country assessment provides key findings for Fiji that contributed to developing the comprehensive State of Conservation in Oceania 2013 report. This report assesses the overall state of conservation in Fiji using 16 indicators. The indicators provide information not only about the state of conservation in Fiji but also about what pressures and threats conservation in Fiji is facing and what action is being taken to halt further loss or degradation and improve its long-term sustainability.

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PROE Plan Strategique : 2017-2026

Pages from plan-strategique-2017-2026Le Plan stratégique 2017–2026 s'appuie sur les réussites et sur les enseignements tirés de la mise en oeuvre du Plan stratégique 2011–2015. Le PROE a associé ces enseignements à un processus de consultation des Membres, des partenaires et du Secrétariat afi n d'élaborer ce nouveau plan stratégique. Le plan a également été guidé par l'engagement pris par les Membres quant aux orientations stratégiques régionales décrites dans le Cadre pour l'intégration régionale du Pacifi que, par les priorités reprises dans le document Samoa, la voie à suivre1, et par l'engagement envers les Objectifs de développement durable, ainsi que d'autres engagements majeurs régionaux et mondiaux.

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SPREP Strategic Plan : 2017 - 2026

Pages from strategic-plan-2017-2026The SPREP Strategic Plan 2017–2026 builds on the successes and lessons learned in the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011–2015. SPREP has used these lessons together with an extensive consultation process with Members, partners, and the Secretariat to develop this strategic plan. The plan has also been guided by Member commitments to the strategic directions for the region set out in the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, the priorities defined by the SAMOA Pathway,1 commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, and other important regional and global commitments.

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Reforcement des etudes d’impact environnemental : directives po ur les États et Territoires insulaires océaniens

Les études d'impact environPages from EIA Directives PROEnemental (ÉIE) sont l'instrument principal de planification, d'évaluation et degestion de projets de développement. Elles soutiennent les objectifs de développement durable et résilient et favorisent la croissance verte et ses réalisations. Le Secrétariat du Programme régional océanien de l'environnement (PROE) joue depuis longtemps un rôle proéminent pour le renforcement des capacités dans le domaine des ÉIE dans toute la région du Pacifique. Depuis plus de 25 ans, le PROE soutient les programmes de sensibilisation et de formation aux ÉIE dans les États membres, ainsi que la publication de directives et de manuels sur les ÉIE. Alors que le développement et l'urbanisation de nos îles s'intensifient, la nécessité de disposer de processus d'ÉIE effectifs devient plus urgente.

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Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action : a compendium of climate services case studies

Pages from pi-met-services-in-action-compendium-climate-services-case-studies-2In a large, diverse region like the Pacific, clear and concise communication of both successes and lessons learned is vital for further effective development. A workshop was created to help the participants develop stories to "tell the world what the Pacific is doing on climate services." The week-long writing workshop or "writeshop" created a space for climate service providers to learn outreach writing skills and how to analyse their own efforts. The writeshop was coordinated by SPREP and WMO with support from COSPPac and Environment and Climate Change Canada. This first writeshop for climate services in the Pacific was a productive and intense week of growth for the participants, resulting in 20 stories for a regional compendium.

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Comparative investigations of combustion emissions from paper briquettes

Pages from PacWaste Technical Report BriquettesThis study, conducted by researchers from the Queensland University of Technology and the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, compares emissions generated from eco-friendly recycled paper briquettes with commercially available forms of fuel made from coal, wood-pulp and wood chips.
The study and technical report were commissioned by the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management project (PacWaste). PacWaste is a €7.85 million project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to improve regional hazardous waste management across the Pacific.

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Battling Invasive Species in the Pacific : outcomes of the regional GEF-PAS IAS project

Pages from battling-invasive-species-pacificThe GEF-PAS funded project "Prevention, control and management of invasive alien species in the Pacific islands' was implemented from late 2011 until September 2016.  The project which involved the nine participating countries of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nue, Palau, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, was designed to assist in implementing the regional framework "Guidelines for Managing Invasive Species in the Pacific.

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Strengthening Environmental Impact Assessment : Guidelines for Pacific Island Countries and Territories

Pages from regional-eia-guidelinesEnvironmental impact assessment (EIA) is the primary instrument for planning, assessing and managing development projects, to support sustainable and resilient development goals and green growth outcomes.  SPREP has a long history of leading EIA capacity-building across the Pacific reigon. For more than twenty five years SPREP has supported EIA awareness-raising and training programmes in member countries, and the publication of EIA guidelines and manuals. As the pace of development and urbanisation intensifies in our islands, the need for effective EIA processes becomes more urgent.

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SPREP Annual Report 2015 = Rapport annuel du PROE : 2015

Pages from AnnRep2015As this report demonstrates, 2015 was an action-based year for us. We acknowledge the crew of SPREP and our members and partners as well as the leader at the helm in 2015, our former Director General, Mr David Sheppard. We pay tribute to his hard work and leadership, bringing SPREP into the thriving and robust organisation that it is today.

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State of Conservation in Oceania: regional report

Pages from state-conservation-oceania-reportThis report assesses the overall state of conservation in the Pacific Islands region of Oceania, that is, the 21 countries and territories covered by SPREP plus Pitcairn Island (see Figure i.1). The report uses an analysis of 16 indicators chosen in consultation with SPREP and based on the Global Biodiversity Indicator project (http://www.bipindicators.net). The indicators used are those considered to best provide an overview of the key issues facing conservation in Oceania, whilst recognising the need to use indicators for which a reasonable amount of information was thought to be available. The indicators provide information about the state of ecosystems and species, pressures acting upon these ecosystems and species, and what action is being taken to halt further loss or degradation and improve long-term sustainability.
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Use economic analysis to battle invasive species

Pages from use-economic-analysis-battle-invasive-speciesThe presence of invasive species generally leads to negative impacts, some perhaps irreversible, and the economic costs from the impacts and their management can be substantial and long-lasting. Efforts to understand the extent of damages caused by invasive species are slowly gaining momentum globally; however, in many countries, efforts are only beginning. This guide will assist Pacific island practitioners to use the costs that result from invasive species incursions to gain support to fund prevention, management, restoration, research and outreach.
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Use anticoaculant rodent bait safely

Pages from use-anticoagulant-rodent-bait-safelyAnticoagulant rodenticides are an important tool for managing rodents by increasing the chances of success and lowering the resources required. This guide was developed to assist non-specialists in gaining a better understanding of the risks, costs, and benefits of using anticoagulant rodenticides. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that rodenticides are used responsibly and that the risk of negative impacts to people and the environment is minimised. Failure to do so could result in the loss of support for the use of these useful tools.
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Removing rodents from small tropical islands with success

Pages from remove-rodents-small-tropical-islandsWhile eradication projects on large islands require substantial funding and a high level of technical and logistical support, projects on small islands are much simpler and can achieve success with much less funding and outside assistance. The Pacific has thousands of such islands that can contribute to significant biodiversity outcomes. The purpose of this guide is to assist the practitioner in removing invasive rodents from small islands (less than 20 hectares) where access to all parts of the island is possible. These guidelines are designed to be used in conjunction with the resource 'Use anticoagulant rodent bait safely'.

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Manage myna birds in the Pacific

Pages from manage-myna-birds-pacificExperience shows that you can get rid of myna while their population is small, but once the population becomes widespread, ongoing management will be required if the impacts of myna are to be reduced. This guide offers solutions and advice on how to decide what to do if myna are an issue in your country and was prepared by David Butler and Bill Nagle, who have assisted Pacific countries with myna solutions for both goals of eradication and control.

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Find answers online to common invasive species questions

Pages from find-answers-online-common-invasive-species-questionsThe invasive battler has a difficult job. Many of the management solutions for invasive species require a broad base of information to determine the best way to approach an issue and determine if the approach is feasible. Likely questions a battler will face are: what is that species? How did it get here and where will it go next? Is it a risk to our environment or other important national asset? Where else is this species found and what did they do about it? This guide was developed to assist the invasive species battler in accessing information to answer these questions and decide about management action.
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Catch it early: Invasive Species early detection and rapid response

Pages from early-detection-rapid-responseEarly Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) systems are the first line of defence against invasive species once they have penetrated national or inter-island biosecurity systems. For these systems to be effective, a plan is required to coordinate the responsible agencies and ensure both the systems and equipment to address the detected species are in place prior to the response. Several countries have developed these plans recently, which are available on the Battler Resource Base.

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Develop a National or Territorial invasive species strategy and action plan

Pages from create-nissapNational or Territory Invasive Species Strategies and Action Plans (NISSAP) are a critical document to ensure invasive species management is coordinated within a country or territory and that the different sectors involved with invasive species management are working together toward the same goals. NISSAP are essential to show political will for managing invasive species and are looked upon favourably by funding bodies.

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Campaign to battle invasive species in the Pacific

Pages from campaign-battle-invasive-speciesDealing with invasive species is a huge job. Invasive species are everyone's responsibility, but people can only help if they are aware and know what they can change to make a difference. This guide is designed to support your creation of cost-effective communications campaigns to reduce the impact of invasive species in Pacific Island nations. In January 2015, the Invasive Species team from (SPREP) began a targeted public campaign to stop the spread of the little fire ant across the Pacific. This guide uses examples from the "Stop the Little Fire Ant!" campaign to highlight the key steps needed to develop and implement an effective strategy.
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Battle invasive species that threaten marine managed areas

Pages from battle-invasives-marine-managed-areasMarine invasive species have received much less attention than terrestrial species worldwide. In the Pacific, the marine environment provides us with a significant part of our diet and income. Marine Managed Areas focus on protecting these important resources for livelihood purposes, biodiversity and ecosystem function, tourism and many other benefits. Although invasive species management is more difficult in the marine environment, it is not something we can neglect, and the efforts we put in need to increase. This guide seeks to provide some options for this management.
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Cleaner Pacific 2025: Pacific Regional Waste and Pollution Management Strategy

Pages from Cleaner Pacific 2025 WEBThis is a comprehensive long-term strategy for integrated sustainable waste management and pollution prevention and control in the Pacific islands region until 2025. It provide s a strategic management framework to address waste, chemicals and pollutants that will reduce associated threats to sustainable development of the region. Priority areas for management include municipal solid waste, asbestos, electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), healthcare waste, chemicals (such as persistent organic pollutants, ozone depleting substances and mercury), used oil and lubricants, marine litter, ship-sourced pollution, disaster waste and liquid waste (such as sewage and trade waste).
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Cleaner Pacific 2025: Pacific Regional Waste and Pollution Management Strategy - implementation plan, 2016-2019

Pages from Cleaner Pacific Implementation Plan  WEBThis four-year implementation plan (2016–2019) was developed in consultation with Pacific island countries and territories and allocates responsibilities for individual activities to both the Secretariat and Pacific island countries and territories. At the country and territory level, several national entities have been designated as lead agencies, including government departments responsible for waste management, chemicals, and pollution prevention; national departments of health; national departments responsible for bio-security; and national maritime authorities. Successful implementation of Cleaner Pacific 2025 at the national level will therefore require the establishment of strong national coordination mechanisms.
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Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Vulnerability Assessment

Pages from Final-digital-smThroughout the tropical Pacific, fisheries and aquaculture make vital contributions to economic development, government revenue, food security, and livelihoods. Climate change, and ocean acidification, are expected to have profound effects on the status and distribution of coastal and oceanic habitats, the fish and invertebrates they support and, as a result, the productivity of fisheries and aquaculture.

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A guide to the linkages between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, NBSAPs and the Objectives of the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region 2014-2020

Pages from linkagesThe main objectives of this guide are to: ƒƒbuild clear linkages and synergies between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific islands region 2014–2020, and NBSAPs; ƒƒassist in harmonising coordination and implementation of conservation efforts towards the achievement of priorities in the NBSAPs which will subsequently contribute to the achievement of relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets as well as Framework objectives.

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The State of Asbestos in the Pacific

Pages from The State of Asbestos in the Pacific1-2The regional survey was undertaken by the PacWaste (Pacific Hazardous Waste Management) project – a €7.85 million, four year project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to improve regional hazardous waste management across the Pacific.

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Integrated vulnerability assessment framework for atoll islands : a collaborative approach

Pages from iva-framework-atollsThis resource material is designed as a generic guide for planning, implementing and reporting an integrated vulnerability assessment (IVA) that targets atoll communities in the Pacific Islands region. It is based on a sustainable livelihoods-based approach that combines the assessment of vulnerability to both climate change and disasters.

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Drought management and response plan for Abaiang Island Community : Summary

Pages from drought-mrp-abaiang-kiribati-summary This publication is about droughts in Abaiang, Kiribati. Drought occurs in Abaiang after long periods of low rainfall. In some villages, this causes fresh well water to turn brackish and this impacts communities and individuals ability to access fresh water and maintain their health and livelihood. Drought occurs at dierent times in each village depending on their vulnerability to drought.

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Abaiang island, Kiribati : a whole-of-island integrated vulnerability assessment

Pages from abaiang-kiribati-iva-assessment-reportThis report presents the outcomes of a Whole-of-Island Integrated Vulnerability Assessment (WoI-IVA) conducted on Abaiang Atoll in Kiribati in September 2013. The WoI approach to vulnerability assessment and resilience development was initiated by the Government of Kiribati, and Abaiang Atoll was selected as the first site to trial this approach. The 2013 vulnerability assessment was guided by the first draft of the WoI-IVA framework (SPC 2014), which was conceptualised and developed by the Kiribati National Expert Group (KNEG) in collaboration with the Pacific Community (SPC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
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