An agro-forestry farming approach introduced in Vanuatu aims to help communities address agricultural risks worsened by extreme weather patterns.
Preparation for UN climate summit (COP22) heating up. A Q&A to help Ministers before 18 October ‘pre-COP’ meeting
To bring ministers up with the play, the incoming Moroccan presidency and outgoing French presidency prepared a handy Q&A for Ministers so they come prepared to the pre-COP meeting. The answers from a network of 700 NGOs are outlined in the article.
War on climate change: Is the Pacific ready when the world’s plan of attack is put together in Morocco next month?
The outcomes from Morocco should be: each government has clarity on its GHG emissions commitment and what it needs to do to achieve those commitments; access to climate financing simplified; and green technology made available, and invested in, so the world moves away from dirty fuels. But is the Pacific ready to ensure its best interests are reflected in the outcomes?
Establishing Tuvalu’s High Commission in Wellington has been a long standing desire of the Government of Tuvalu to formally recognise the value of their relationship and the important role New Zealand plays in the region and internationally.
The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change has crossed the final threshold needed to enter into force! European nations, Canada, Bolivia and Nepal raised backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries representing 56.87...
First talks between Samoa and EU underscore ‘united and coordinated’ approach to tackling global challenges
Cooperation and tackling global challenges such as climate change were the main outcomes from Samoa and the European Union’s first political talks under the Cotonou framework held in Apia yesterday. In a joint statement,...
Niueans on the “Rock” are excited about being part of the global Pristine Seas initiative which aims to help “protect some of the last wild places in the world’s ocean”. Niue’s Minister for Natural Resources, Hon Billy...
There is grave concern about the unrestricted flow of asbestos products into Pacific countries ill-equipped to deal with the problem. Besides Australia and New Zealand, no other nation in the region has a policy preventing the use and importation of asbestos. Nauru, Niue, Kiribati and Vanuatu account for 83% of all non-residential asbestos.
For Tokelau, Paris means it needs to proactively come up with a whole of government approach to move in a low-carbon direction. Tomorrow, 26 September, Tokelau’s head of climate change, Mrs Paula Faiva will outline to political leaders a blueprint of “how” Tokelau will do it. And if they leave it too late, Tokelau will be left behind.
Cook Islands signs agreement with Ocean Minerals to prospect and explore its seabed for Rare Earth Elements
With the world currently negotiating a UN Oceans Treaty expected to be adopted in 2018, the Cook Islands has taken a leadership position to secure rights to its domestic maritime assets and a partnership approach to control harvesting and development directions.
The decision last Saturday by the US and China to ratify the Paris climate agreement has been hailed as, “The moment we finally decided to save our planet”.
If Motion 53 is passed, then the IUCN will promote to the CBD an increased call for 30 per cent of these small Pacific territories’ EEZs to be closed off. That could cause the collapse of their economies.