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Women in waste: making the Pacific safer and cleaner for all Women in waste: making the Pacific safer and cleaner for all In the Pacific region, and across the globe, gender plays a crucial role in waste management. The increased participation of women in the planning and implementation of waste management projects, such as the European Union-funded PacWaste project, means better, and more meaningful, outcomes for all members of the community.PacWaste is a €7.85 million project funded by the Eur... More detail
Turning the tide on the war against waste Turning the tide on the war against waste A wave of innovative new waste management initiatives and the introduction of landmark legislation, looks set to place Republic of the Marshall Islands at the forefront of sustainable waste management practices in the Pacific islands region.Work towards the transformation of the waste management on the small island nation has been made possible through close collaboration betwe... More detail
Samoa gets ready for national clean-up Samoa gets ready for national clean-up This Saturday 29 October, volunteers across Upolu, including Miss Samoa, will be participating in Samoa National Clean-up Day.Samoa National Clean-up Day is hosted by Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) with support from PacWaste - a €7.85 million project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environme... More detail
Nauru takes action on asbestos Nauru takes action on asbestos The Government of Nauru has taken the pro-active step of arranging for the training of government employees to enforce the safe removal of asbestos across the island.From 11 – 12 October, 12 representatives from Nauru's Department of Commerce, Industry and Environment, relevant government sectors and interested community representatives attended an intensive training programm... More detail
Hospital fire highlights need for Pacific-wide asbestos ban Hospital fire highlights need for Pacific-wide asbestos ban After fire ripped through the Old Gizo Hospital Building in Solomon Islands, clean-up efforts were immediately complicated by the discovery of asbestos materials in the debris.Some of these potentially harmful materials may have originated from newly installed asbestos cladding which continues to be imported and sold in Solomon Islands and elsewhere in the Pacific.Representativ... More detail
New PacWaste documentary captures regional collaboration in action New PacWaste documentary captures regional collaboration in action Late last year, representatives from the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management project – PacWaste – gathered in Tarawa to learn how Kiribati is seeking to improve the health of its environment and people through sustainable waste management initiatives.This regional event was captured on film by the late, celebrated documentary film maker John Anderson and his colleagues from ... More detail
Introducing the Iokwe Bag – a rubbish bag with a difference Introducing the Iokwe Bag – a rubbish bag with a difference In Republic of the Marshall Islands this week, the design has been unveiled for a striking new garbage bag, made specifically for household waste collection in Majuro.The Iokwe Bag is a rubbish bag with a difference. As well as being made for Majuro, money from the sale of the bags will help pay for the cost of waste collection for the whole of the atoll.The introduction of the... More detail
Milestone PacWaste meeting sets the stage for Clean Pacific Roundtable Milestone PacWaste meeting sets the stage for Clean Pacific Roundtable Innovative new approaches to the management of green waste, and the necessity for a coordinated approach to disaster waste were hot topics of conversation at the Fourth Steering Committee Meeting of the PacWaste project.The three-day meeting – held in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu – attracted delegates from 13 of the 15 countries participating in the Pacific Hazardous Waste Manag... More detail
Pacific regional hazardous waste management meeting opens in Vanuatu Pacific regional hazardous waste management meeting opens in Vanuatu Participants from 13 Pacific island countries and territories have joined representatives from the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Santo, Vanuatu for the Fourth Annual Steering Committee Meeting of the PacWaste project.PacWaste (Pacific Hazardous Waste) is a €7.85 million, four year project supported by the European ... More detail
Awareness survey highlights importance of educating young Pacific islanders on asbestos Awareness survey highlights importance of educating young Pacific islanders on asbestos A new survey about asbestos awareness in the Pacific islands has revealed that six in ten people, aged under 30 years, admit to having little or no knowledge about the dangerous mineral and its associated health risks.The survey, believed to be the first of its kind in the Pacific region, has also indicated strong public support for a regional ban on asbestos containing materia... More detail
New healthcare waste incinerators to improve public and environmental health across the Pacific New healthcare waste incinerators to improve public and environmental health across the Pacific The PacWaste project has reached another important milestone with the installation and commissioning of state-of-the-art healthcare waste incinerators in Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.These high temperature incinerators will ensure that biohazardous waste in the Pacific region will be treated in accordance with international best practice. The four incinerators, installed... More detail
Visiting Commissioner praises SPREP/EU collaboration in the Pacific Visiting Commissioner praises SPREP/EU collaboration in the Pacific The successful partnership between the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has been commended during an official joint New Zealand Government and European Union development mission to the Pacific.As part of the official visit, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, formally hande... More detail
In the news: Pre-paid bag initiative in Majuro In the news: Pre-paid bag initiative in Majuro An article on the new pre-paid bag system being introduced by PacWaste in Majuro was published in the Marshall Islands Journal on 27 May, 2016. In the article, SPREP's PacWaste Communications Officer, Ms Amber Carvan, emphasises the critical importance of public engagement to the success of the behaviour change initiatives such as PacWaste's work in Majuro. More detail
In the news: PacWaste and INTEGRE collaboration In the news: PacWaste and INTEGRE collaboration An article on the collaboration between the EU-funded PacWaste and INTEGRE projects was published in the Samoa Observer on 10 May, 2016. In the article, Mr Jesús Laviña, Head of Section for Natural Resources and Infrastructure at the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, explains that while the two projects have different focus areas, there are numerous synergies an... More detail
PacWaste celebrates Europe Day PacWaste celebrates Europe Day From 10-13 May, representatives from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), including Director General Mr Kosi Latu, joined special guests from across the region to participate in Europe Day celebrations in Suva.Speaking from the launch event at St Joseph's Secondary School, Mr Latu expressed his delight at being a part of the celebrations and as... More detail
Collaborating for improved environmental and health effectiveness, integration and reach Collaborating for improved environmental and health effectiveness, integration and reach Two European Union funded projects in the Pacific are working together to expand their effectiveness and reach, and deliver improved environmental and public health outcomes across the region.In New Caledonia last month, representatives from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and PacWaste attended a three-day INTEGRE project workshop at the he... More detail
Investing in community engagement for project success in Majuro Investing in community engagement for project success in Majuro Earlier this month, representatives from government and community organisations gathered in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands to discuss a communications and public engagement plan for the roll-out of new waste management initiatives which will make rubbish collection more equitable, accessible and self-sustaining.Majuro is the site of the pilot integrated atoll waste ma... More detail
In the news: State of Asbestos in the Pacific In the news: State of Asbestos in the Pacific The recent release of PacWaste's State of Asbestos in the Pacific report has been covered by a large number of regional media outlets. These include Samoa Observer, Loop Vanuatu, RNZI and ABC. More detail
The State of Asbestos in the Pacific The State of Asbestos in the Pacific On the occasion of Global Asbestos Awareness Week (1-7 April) the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the European Union have partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to release a new synthesis report called The State of Asbestos in the Pacific.Globally, more than 100,000 people die each year from illnesses related to asbestos exposur... More detail
PacWaste in Action: Improving waste security in Majuro PacWaste in Action: Improving waste security in Majuro Preparations are continuing for the introduction of new sustainable waste management initiatives in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. These initiatives, taking place through PacWaste's integrated atoll waste management pilot scheme, will involve major improvements to Majuro's Batkan Landfill.To date, a major obstacle to the implementation of improved waste management is... More detail
PacWaste in Action: Postcard from Tanna, Vanuatu PacWaste in Action: Postcard from Tanna, Vanuatu When the news from Fiji started to filter through to communities on remote Tanna island in Vanuatu, the mood was sombre and the empathy palpable.Less than one year earlier, Tanna and nearby Erromango had been devastated by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam and today – almost a year on, the re-building continues.Lenakel Hospital, which services a population of 32,000 people acro... More detail
In the news: PacWaste celebrates International Women's Day In the news: PacWaste celebrates International Women's Day PacWaste's International Women's Day article on the increased participation of women in waste management was published in the Samoa Observer on 8 March, 2016. In the article, European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, Mr Andrew Jacobs, talks about the importance of incorporating the experience of women in efforts to improve waste management. More detail
International Women's Day: Celebrating the increased participation of women in waste management International Women's Day: Celebrating the increased participation of women in waste management In the Pacific region, the tide is turning when it comes to the participation of women in waste management. Historically, the solid and hazardous waste management sector has been dominated by men but recent evidence would suggest that female participation is increasing.The Pacific Hazardous Waste Management project (PacWaste) – a partnership between the European Union and the... More detail
Free environmental education resources available for Pacific island schools Free environmental education resources available for Pacific island schools A group of lucky students at Vaiala Beach School have become the first in the Pacific to receive free copies of a colourful new educational poster, produced through a partnership between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the European Union.Called 'Smart choices for a cleaner and safer Pacific' the poster promotes a range of simple actions... More detail
In the news: The threat posed by E-waste In the news: The threat posed by E-waste An article on the threat posed by E-waste was published in the Samoa Observer on 6 February, 2016. In the article, PacWaste Project Manager Mr Stewart Williams talks about best practice methods for disposing of E-waste and discusses the PacWaste project's plans for an E-waste pilot project in Samoa.   More information about PacWaste’s proposed activities in Samoa can be... More detail
PacWaste 2015: Our year in review PacWaste 2015: Our year in review It's been an extremely fruitful year for PacWaste and we are celebrating by taking the opportunity to look back on our achievements from 2015.We invite you to take a look at our short video called PacWaste 2015: Our year in review, keeping in mind that none of these milestones would have been possible without the commitment of you - our partners, donors, supporters and friends ... More detail
New incinerators arrive for installation and commissioning New incinerators arrive for installation and commissioning PacWaste is pleased to advise that 21 of the 26 healthcare waste incinerators being procured through the project have been fabricated and shipped to their destinations.The incinerators are highly efficient and are equipped with two combustion chambers – one to safely burn healthcare waste and another to burn the smoke generated from the first chamber. This technology ensures ... More detail
Final Third year Work Programme and Budget for the PacWaste project Final Third year Work Programme and Budget for the PacWaste project Following a two week consultation process, PacWaste is pleased to share the final Minutes of the Third Annual Steering Committee Meeting of the PacWaste Project and the Third Year Work Programme and Budget. PacWaste would like to thank everyone who provided input into the finalisation of these documents. Participants at the Third Annual Steering Committee Meeting of the... More detail
In the news: Asbestos in Vanuatu In the news: Asbestos in Vanuatu An article on asbestos in Vanuatu was published in the Vanuatu Independent on 4 September, 2015. The article references the Asbestos baseline survey report for Vanuatu which was conducted by PacWaste. This report, and reports for all other participating countries are publically available on the PacWaste website at: https://www.sprep.org/reports/pacwaste-asbestos-survey-reports More detail
Making smart choices for a cleaner and safer Pacific Making smart choices for a cleaner and safer Pacific A colourful new poster, launched today by the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management Project – PacWaste – highlights the important role that we all play in protecting the future of our islands. PacWaste is 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 reg... More detail
Smart Choices Campaign Smart Choices Campaign Tell your friends about the importance of making smart choices. The Pacific needs you! Download the Smart Choices poster and stick it on your wall or save it to your desktop as a reminder to yourself and to others. To download, right click on the desired link and select Save link as or Save as target: Right Click here to download the A4 (sma... More detail
A new model for the management of healthcare waste in Kiribati A new model for the management of healthcare waste in Kiribati An innovative new pilot project on integrated healthcare waste management in Tarawa, Kiribati will ensure that the island nation's largest hospital has the necessary capacity and resources to implement a cost-effective and self-sustaining healthcare waste management system.The initiative is being jointly supported by the Global Environment Facility – Pacific Alliance for Sust... More detail
In the news: E-waste in Samoa In the news: E-waste in Samoa An article on Samoa's involvement in the Third Annual Steering Committee meeting of the PacWaste project was featured in the Samoa Observer on 10 November, 2015.Representing Samoa at the event was Ms Fiasosoitamalii Siaosi, Principal Chemical and Hazardous Waste Officer at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).The article highlighted the growing problem of E-... More detail
In the news: Hazardous waste management in Vanuatu In the news: Hazardous waste management in Vanuatu Two representatives from Vanuatu recently attended the Third Annual Steering Committee meeting of the PacWaste project in Tarawa, Kiribati. Vanuatu's involvement in this key regional meeting was the topic of a newspaper article published in the Vanuatu Daily Post on 7 November, 2015. Representing Vanuatu at the event were Mr Ronald Sandy (pictured above), Town Clerk at Port Vi... More detail
In the news: Healthcare waste in Palau In the news: Healthcare waste in Palau Palau's involvement at the Third Annual Steering Committee meeting of the PacWaste project was featured in the Tia Belau newspaper on 5 November, 2015. Representing Palau at the event was Ms Portia Franz, Administrator for the Office of Health Preparedness, Policy and Research, Ministry of Health. Ms Franz at the Third Annual Steering Committee Meeting of the PacWaste project ... More detail
Innovative approaches to atoll waste management highlighted at meeting on Pacific hazardous waste Innovative approaches to atoll waste management highlighted at meeting on Pacific hazardous waste Globally, hazardous waste management is a pressing and complicated issue, and nowhere is it more challenging – or urgent – than on the low-lying atolls of the Pacific.At last week's Third Annual Steering Committee Meeting of the PacWaste project, representatives from 13 Pacific island countries gathered in Tarawa, Kiribati to learn more about how the vulnerable island natio... More detail
PacWaste delegation visits Kiribati Parliament and North Tarawa PacWaste delegation visits Kiribati Parliament and North Tarawa Participants attending the PacWaste Steering Committee Meeting and Workshops in Tarawa, Kiribati, travelled by boat today to the islet of Abatao on North Tarawa. This unique location was the site for the first of two formal days of workshops on the topics of hazardous waste management and integrated atoll waste management.In the morning session, Dr Trevor Thornton presented a w... More detail
Mauri Kiribati! PacWaste Steering Committee Meeting opens in Tarawa Mauri Kiribati! PacWaste Steering Committee Meeting opens in Tarawa Representatives from 13 Pacific island countries have gathered in Tarawa for the Third Steering Committee Meeting of the PacWaste project. The meeting opening was celebrated in true Kiribati style with a garlanding ceremony and dance performance.Over the next three days, meeting participants will review the outcomes from the PacWaste project's second year and discuss future pro... More detail
Healthcare waste management training gets underway in Kiribati Healthcare waste management training gets underway in Kiribati In Kiribati this week, the PacWaste project commenced specialised training in healthcare waste management. Participants from hospitals and clinics across Tarawa gathered at the Tungaru Central Hospital in Nawerewere to learn how to effectively and safely handle healthcare waste from the point of creation through to disposal. Participants at the healthcare waste training progra... More detail
Kiribati to host regional meeting on hazardous waste management Kiribati to host regional meeting on hazardous waste management Kiribati has been selected as the venue for an important regional meeting on hazardous waste management in the Pacific. Representatives from 13 Pacific island countries and territories – will be gathering in Tarawa later this month for the Third Steering Committee Meeting of the PacWaste project.PacWaste (Pacific Hazardous Waste) is a €7.85 million, four year project suppor... More detail
PacWaste embarks on re-shaping the waste landscape in Majuro PacWaste embarks on re-shaping the waste landscape in Majuro The very nature of atolls – the fact that they are generally isolated, have a small land area and are low-lying – makes sustainable waste management very challenging. The PacWaste project is tackling these challenges through its pilot integrated atoll solid waste management system in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands.The lessons learned from this progressive pilot pr... More detail
PacWaste launches new publicaton PacWaste launches new publicaton A new publication has been launched through which the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will be providing regular updates on the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project.Inside the first issue of PacWaste News you can read updates on our regional healthcare waste management training, asbestos interventions, inc... More detail
PacWaste talks to Radio Australia and Radio New Zealand International PacWaste talks to Radio Australia and Radio New Zealand International Following the recent release of PacWaste Asbestos Survey Reports for 13 countries across the Pacific, PacWaste Project Manager, Mr Stewart Williams, spoke to Radio Australia and RNZI about the significance of the reports and the work planned by PacWaste to address the issue of asbestos. Click on the links below to listen to the interviews. Survey reveals a region awash w... More detail
New PacWaste reports detail the extent of asbestos risk across the Pacific region New PacWaste reports detail the extent of asbestos risk across the Pacific region Recently released reports from the PacWaste Regional Asbestos Baseline Survey identify the locations, and relative risk, of asbestos materials across 25 different islands in 13 Pacific island countries.Historically, asbestos has been widely reported across the Pacific islands regions but until now, the available information has been either largely anecdotal or too small in scop... More detail
European Union and SPREP support healthcare waste management to raise regional standards, protect th... European Union and SPREP support healthcare waste management to raise regional standards, protect the environment and save lives 31 July, 2015: In Fiji this month, specialised training in the management and disposal of healthcare waste commenced in four hospital sites across the country, including Lautoka, Suva, Nadi and Labasa.These tailored training programmes, which commenced on 20 July 2015, are part of a €2 million package of healthcare waste management assistance that will be implemented through ... More detail
Asbestos risks to Fiji Water Authority workers reduced through PacWaste training Asbestos risks to Fiji Water Authority workers reduced through PacWaste training The PacWaste Pacific hazardous waste management project completed asbestos management training of more than 60 Fiji Water Authority personnel in four training sessions held in Lautoka and Suva this month. Fiji Water Authority staff are responsible for managing more than 40,000 km of asbestos cement water pipe across the Fiji Islands. Asbestos Training at Fiji Water Authority... More detail
European Union and SPREP - making the Pacific islands a safer and cleaner place for all European Union and SPREP - making the Pacific islands a safer and cleaner place for all The Pacific islands are renowned for their natural beauty. But sadly, poor waste management is a major threat to sustainable development in Pacific island countries and territories. It has negative impacts on biodiversity, water quality, fisheries, agriculture, tourism and quality of life in general. Notably, some types of waste also pose a grave threat to human health.A partne... More detail
European Union and SPREP have achieved another impressive milestone for the PacWaste project European Union and SPREP have achieved another impressive milestone for the PacWaste project 1 October 2014, Majuro, Marshall Islands - Yesterday evening in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, the PacWaste project secured ongoing commitment and participation from Pacific island countries at the project's second official Steering Committee Meeting.PacWaste is a four-year, €7.85m project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the ... More detail
PacWaste Project Releases Country Reports for Healthcare Waste Management across the Pacific PacWaste Project Releases Country Reports for Healthcare Waste Management across the Pacific Reports detailing the current state of healthcare waste management across 14 Pacific Island countries and Timor Leste are now available following a regional baseline survey carried out by SPREP consultants between March and May this year. PacWaste - a four-year, €7.85m project funded by the European Union and implemented by SPREP, undertook the regional assessment to determin... More detail
European Union and SPREP Support Emergency Asbestos Cleanup in Fiji European Union and SPREP Support Emergency Asbestos Cleanup in Fiji Dangerous forms of brown and white asbestos, discovered in the Tamavua Twomey Hospital complex, in Suva, Fiji, are to be removed beginning 16 September 2014. The asbestos was discovered through the European Union's Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project, which is being implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Pictur... More detail
PacWaste Healthcare Waste Baseline Survey Launches in Fiji PacWaste Healthcare Waste Baseline Survey Launches in Fiji Work has commenced on a regional healthcare waste baseline survey as part of SPREP's PacWaste project. The purpose of the survey is to collect information about current healthcare waste practices across a range of hospitals and health clinics. This information will be used to identify cost effective and sustainable improvements to healthcare waste management across the region.H... More detail
PacWaste Atoll Pilot kicks off in Majuro PacWaste Atoll Pilot kicks off in Majuro A preparatory visit to the Marshall Islands in March signalled the commencement of the PacWaste atoll integrated solid waste management pilot, known as the PacWaste Atoll Pilot. Following a comprehensive selection process, Majuro was identified as the ideal site for this important pilot programme which is part of the €7,850,000, four year (2013-2017), PacWaste project.The dev... More detail
European Union and SPREP launch €8 Million PacWaste Project European Union and SPREP launch €8 Million PacWaste Project Poor waste management practices are a major threat to sustainable development in the Pacific islands as they have negative impacts on the region's environment, as well as on public health, water resource quality, fisheries, agriculture, tourism and quality of life in general.An additional component of PacWaste will pilot an integrated approach to solid waste management in atoll... More detail
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