Category: Environment

How people took on the world’s biggest Tuna company and won!

Today is a big day for our oceans. It is good news for sea turtles and sharks, sea birds and tuna. It is also a great day for hundreds of thousands of workers at sea, many of whom have been victims of horrendous working conditions and human rights abuses.

UN appoints Samoa PM Tuilaepa as ‘Special Ambassador’ for International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

“Tourism is a sector that is vital to the livelihoods of our people and touches all the three dimensions of sustainable development, the social, economic and environmental aspects. As a people-to-people activity, it has helped and continues to contribute to the revitalization of our culture, customs and traditional crafts, and plays a pivotal role in the preservation of our cultural heritage and is a force that promotes peace and understanding”

Pacific nations at forefront of tuna management: maximizing returns and food security

It’s World Tuna Day today. This article adapted from FFA’s TUNApacific hub details the importance of Tuna to the Pacific islands and global marine ecosystems. As well as the ground-breaking work by Pacific fisheries officials, their partners and networks.

NGO-ready help for Pacific as technology platforms need ‘legal-people’ support

As NGOs, we’re interested to help support the policies underlying the technologies because in many cases the countries may have their legislation based back in the 1960s or 1970s as they probably never envisioned the computers we have available today to be able to capture and use that information. Mr Bubba Cook, WWF.

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink: Adapting to life in climate change-hit Kiribati

Ruteta, a mother of three living in Tabonibara village, North Tarawa, knows all too well the problems that contaminated well water can bring. Rainwater harvesting systems can provide safer and more reliable access to water for many people in Kiribati.

US Republicans consider Carbon Tax proposal that has no emissions cap

The plan “would defuse the climate issue for Republicans, without growing government revenue, while rolling back energy regulations and sending Americans a regular check in the mail.” But industry groups are likely to continue to oppose regulation and environmental groups voice concern that implementing a carbon tax without capping emissions is not a wholly effective solution.

‘Fisheries Observer’ victory at Tuna Commission: The Pacific’s ‘kapa haka’ moment!

Endorsing the ‘observer safety measure’ is a huge step symbolically for the Tuna Commission. It’s Pacific countries performing the Haka in front of DWFNs – letting them know they wont be pushed around anymore on issues important to them.

NTSA’s Person of Interest: Potential Legal weapon to bring down Illegal tuna fishers in Pacific waters

Ultimately, the ‘Persons of Interest’ path would lead to the end of the chain and the beneficial owners. The individual/entity that hire the drivers, controllers, operators and ships’ masters – the true source and sustenance of IUU activities.

GCF Board, world’s multibillion dollar climate fund meets in Samoa under shadow of ineffectiveness

“For Pacific nations, simplified procedures are not only about getting faster access to available resources, but on a broader level about building up and retaining the capacity in our regions to plan and implement climate change activities.” HE Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia.

Tokelau’s tuna success – testament to Pacific solidarity’s multimillion dollar effect

Booming revenue from fishing license fees is prompting for Tokelau – the world’s fifth smallest country – to share its boon with its neighbours. Tokelau may have just 12 square kilometers of land on which...