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Memorandum of Cooperation for J-PRISM II Project Signed Memorandum of Cooperation for J-PRISM II Project Signed The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officially signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on the Japanese Technica... More detail
Pacific waste overwhelmingly high in Pacific Ocean Pacific waste overwhelmingly high in Pacific Ocean By Joshua Lafoai Environmentalists are pleading for the Pacific islands to completely ban plastic bags as a stepping stone for a plastic free region. At the Science Conference 2017: Science and Techno... More detail
Raka7's inaugural tournament in Fiji commits to a plastic fr... Raka7's inaugural tournament in Fiji commits to a plastic free event What do Rugby sevens and a plastic free environment have in common? In Fiji, the inaugural Raka 7s tournament to kick off today is a plastic free event, empowering competing teams and spectators to 'd... More detail
Pacific island countries vote to ban asbestos Pacific island countries vote to ban asbestos 22 September, 2017 - Apia, Samoa: History was made in Apia last week with the endorsement of initiatives to ban or restrict the importation, re-use and re-sale of products and wastes containing asbest... More detail
Pacific proposes microbeads ban Pacific proposes microbeads ban 19 September 2017, Apia, Samoa – France proposed a ban on plastic microbeads at the 28th annual meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Members today in Samo... More detail
New regional node for marine litter prevention New regional node for marine litter prevention 20 September 2017, Apia, Samoa – The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has been recognised as the Pacific regional node for the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (G... More detail
Anti-Pollution Convention Partners Meet in Apia Anti-Pollution Convention Partners Meet in Apia A long term strategic framework was highlighted as a priority in today's opening of the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Waigani Convention held in Samoa. The Waigani Convention i... More detail
Helping the Pacific make our ocean safer and healthier for a... Helping the Pacific make our ocean safer and healthier for all: Support provided for the Cape Town Agreement on the safety of fishing vessels, 2012 It's literally in the hands of countries including the Pacific islands that a combined effort can help make a global difference to the lives of fishermen at sea and the health of our oceans.Studies by... More detail
Tackling Marine Debris with global agreement on safety of fi... Tackling Marine Debris with global agreement on safety of fishing vessels 29 August, 2017, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Enhanced safety of fishing vessels at sea, will lead to better ocean health and marine species. One way to help us all address this is the Cape Town Agr... More detail
The Cape Town Agreement on the safety of fishing vessels at ... The Cape Town Agreement on the safety of fishing vessels at centre of Pacific islands gathering 28 August, 2017, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - During this week a seminar about the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 relating to the... More detail
Pacific islands place safety of fishing vessels under the sp... Pacific islands place safety of fishing vessels under the spotlight Rarotonga, Cook Islands, home of nearly two million square kilometres of the multi-use Marea Moana Marine Park is the fitting backdrop for a Pacific regional gathering on fishing vessel safety next we... More detail
PacWaste in Action: Postcard from Cook Islands PacWaste in Action: Postcard from Cook Islands Overcoming the tyranny of distance to effectively manage the influx of E-waste is a major challenge for Pacific island nations. But a new PacWaste supported initiative in Cook Islands is a shining exa... More detail
SPREP Statement on asbestos in Suva On 8 May, 2017 representatives from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) received information regarding the possibility of asbestos exposure on the Civic Building work... More detail
Milestone meeting for a milestone project Milestone meeting for a milestone project Representatives from 12 Pacific island countries gathered in Apia, Samoa from 11-12 May, 2017 for the fifth and final steering committee meeting of PacWaste - the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management Pr... More detail
BRS Triple-COPs conclude with high level segment BRS Triple-COPs conclude with high level segment The joint Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, known as the BRS Triple-COPs, concluded on May 5, 2017 after two weeks of back-to-back discussions in Geneva, Swi... More detail
SPREP Director General calls for Pacific regional action on ... SPREP Director General calls for Pacific regional action on hazardous substances The Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention has failed, for the sixth consecutive time, to reach consensus on addressing chrysotile asbestos and paraquat, both of which are known hazardo... More detail
Pacific islands speak in one voice on asbestos Pacific islands speak in one voice on asbestos In Geneva today, Pacific island parties to the Rotterdam Convention joined together to speak in one voice on the issue of asbestos.Ms Lupe Matoto, representing Tonga, addressed the plenary on behalf o... More detail
Working for "a future detoxified" Working for In Geneva this week, representatives from Cook Islands, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa and Tonga, joined staff from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SP... More detail
Clean Seas for a Cleaner Pacific to help save our lifeblood Clean Seas for a Cleaner Pacific to help save our lifeblood "We can and we must work together to fix this as it's a problem that is reaching us in our Pacific homes. We cannot ignore it." – Mr Roger Cornforth, Deputy Director General, SPREP "Marine pollutio... More detail
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... 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... 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 Resou... 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 represe... More detail
International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup a Success International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup a Success Over 2,100 Kilograms of rubbish was collected along 1.5 Kilometres of beach area at Taumeasina in Samoa during the International Coastal Cleanup Day. The rubbish included plastic bags, food wrappers, ... More detail
Pacific islands to join the planet for an International Coas... Pacific islands to join the planet for an International Coastal Cleanup Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be commemorating the International Coastal Cleanup this weekend on the 30th anniversary of the event that encourages countries around th... 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 potentiall... More detail
Introducing the Iokwe Bag – a rubbish bag with a differenc... 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 wi... More detail
Partnership growing from strength to strength Partnership growing from strength to strength An important signing between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) heralds the beginning of a strengthened relatio... More detail
Fiji to strengthen its emergency response to marine oil spil... Fiji to strengthen its emergency response to marine oil spills Protecting people and the marine environment is a priority for Fiji, as four ports of the island nation receives oil spill response equipment and training to the value of NZD 850,000.At the start of 2... More detail
Celebrations as first ever Clean Pacific Roundtable comes to... Celebrations as first ever Clean Pacific Roundtable comes to a close The inaugural meeting of the Clean Pacific Roundtable concluded in Suva on 28 July, 2016. Over the course of four days, a total of 96 participants from 21 different countries and territories discussed... More detail
Disaster waste in the spotlight at Clean Pacific Roundtable Disaster waste in the spotlight at Clean Pacific Roundtable 27 July, 2016 – Suva, Fiji: The critical importance of managing the vast quantity of waste caused by cyclones, flooding and tsunamis was highlighted at a special side event of the inaugural Clean Pa... More detail
SPREP and University of Newcastle commit to solutions for a ... SPREP and University of Newcastle commit to solutions for a sustainable Pacific Today at the inaugural Clean Pacific Roundtable in Suva, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Progamme (SPREP) and the University of Ne... More detail
History in the making as first Clean Pacific Roundtable open... History in the making as first Clean Pacific Roundtable opens in Suva 25 July, 2016: Suva was the venue of an historic occasion today with the opening of the first Clean Pacific Roundtable, a gathering of national representatives, donors, partners and other key stakehol... More detail
Milestone PacWaste meeting sets the stage for Clean Pacific ... Milestone PacWaste meeting sets the stage for Clean Pacific Roundtable 22 July, 2016 – Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu: 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... More detail
Pacific regional hazardous waste management meeting opens in... 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, Va... More detail
Tackling the menace of used pesticide containers in the Paci... Tackling the menace of used pesticide containers in the Pacific Every year, thousands of kilograms of pesticide products are imported into the Pacific islands region for use in agriculture and pest control.Pesticides require careful handling as many pose an unacce... More detail
Chemical management training helps small islands tackle big ... Chemical management training helps small islands tackle big problems Specialised training in the best-practice management of hazardous chemicals is helping island countries to protect the health of communities and the environment.The countries and territories of the Pa... More detail
Awareness survey highlights importance of educating young Pa... 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 associ... More detail
New healthcare waste incinerators to improve public and envi... 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... More detail
Working to achieve a PCB-free RMI Working to achieve a PCB-free RMI A new initiative in Republic of the Marshall Islands aims to rid the island nation of a dangerous class of toxic chemicals known as PCBs. Funded through the Pacific POPs Release Reduction Project, the... More detail
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