Oceans in the News
16 March 2017, Suva, Fiji - Globally, poor waste disposal practises contributes to 80% of marine debris, waste that travels up the food chain or then becomes an unwelcome part of the ocean, the very ocean that is our Pacific lifeblood. From the fish we eat to the reefs that protect our shores, Pacific marine ecosystems are under threat of marine litter and pollution.
The "Cleaner Seas for a Cleaner Pacific" event jointly coordinated by the UN Environment Pacific Sub Regional Office and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), during the Pacific Regional Preparatory meeting for the UN Ocean Conference highlighted the alarming statistics - impacts of marine debris across the region. It also showcased actions undertaken by the Pacific region to address this issue.
"In 2014 SPREP started work with the University of Auckland through a PhD student on modelling of sources and fate of marine litter as well as fish ingestion of plastic across the region," presented Mr Roger Cornforth, Deputy Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
"The research included taking samples across the region from New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti and Rapa Nui. Of the 34 species examined, plastic was found in 33 species which is 97% compared to a global trend of 67%."
International Women's Day, 8 March, 2017: Be Bold For Change! Protecting our Ocean and Biodiversity.
By Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of the Climate Change Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Dr Pelesikoti is the first Pacific Island Woman Lead Author for a chapter in the Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, specifically, Chapter 29 on Small Islands of the 5th AR of the IPCC.
"Our Ocean and its wealth, both living and non-living, belongs to us all, including our future generations. It is within our hands to wisely manage and conserve her resources, the basis of our Pacific livelihoods and cultures.
This International Women's Day, we call upon you all to "Be bold for change", more specifically, to "Be Bold for Change" to create what is best for the health and diversity of our ocean.
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE FROM SPREP AND UN ENVIRONMENT: UN Environment and SPREP partnering to support the Pacific islands as they head towards the UN Ocean Conference
1 March, 2017 - Home to more than 10 per cent of the planet's oceans, the Pacific islands are uniting to help shape global ocean management as defined at the UN Ocean Conference in June this year.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) through its Pacific sub-regional office are partnering together to implement several different initiatives to support Pacific island countries as they prepare for the UN Ocean Conference.
Co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden the UN Ocean Conference will be held in New York from 5 to 7 June this year. The historic event is targeted towards rallying global action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water.
"Knowledge is power" - SPREP and UN Environment partnership launch website and factsheets in the lead up to the UN Ocean Conference
8 March, 2017 - The Pacific islands will play a crucial role as the Call for Action Declaration comes into being at the UN Ocean Conference in June this year. Home to over 10 per cent of the planet's oceans, the Pacific islands continue to work together to help shape global ocean management, the issue at the helm of the milestone global oceans conference.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) through its Pacific sub-regional office and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have launched the website 'Our Pacific Voyage to the UN Oceans Conference' to help Pacific island countries and territories as they prepare for the June event.