SPREP helps strengthen media roles in climate change reporting

The training was conducted by members of a group called Internews which include international writers all over the world.

"This training is mainly to polish your roles in reporting climate change, so that when you go back to your office you’re refreshed in reporting climate change issues," said programme coordinator Cherelle Jackson.

There have been many challenges facing journalists not only in Samoa but also in the Pacific in reporting climate change.

SPREP to work with Pacific islands, members and partners to develop new Roadmap

This will be submitted to Members for adoption at the annual SPREP meeting in September this year and is expected to come into force in 2017.

The current SPREP Strategic Plan 2011-2015 will continue until the end of this year.

The new Strategic Plan will act as the guiding document for the organisation that provides support to its 21 Pacific island member countries through a range of different activities and partnerships.

Fiamalamalama students learn more about climate change at SPREP

Almost 20 students and teachers were given a presentation on Climate Change by Salesa Nihmei, SPREP's Meteorology and Climate Officer, and Christina Leala-Gale, Project Manager for the Finland Pacific Project.

World’s largest volunteer beach clean-up comes to Apia, Samoa

Over 200 people in Samoa took part in the global activity which is now in its 30th year of operation.  Volunteers cleaned up around 1,030 kg’s of rubbish from the Gasegase River, and 135 kg’s of rubbish from the Apia Harbour, all of which was sorted and sent to the recyclers and the landfill.

Last year, more than 500,000 people around the world picked up more than 7 million kilogrammes of rubbish along more than 20,000 kilometers of coastline. 

Waigani Convention on hazardous waste management begins

Nine of the 13 Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Members that are Parties to the Waigani Convention were present at the meeting. SPREP is the Secretariat of the Waigani Convention that entered into force in 2001.

SPREP to hold Twenty Sixth meeting of Officials in Samoa

The Meeting brings together the governing council of SPREP to discuss SPREP strategic issues and approve the 2016 work plan for the organisation.

A number of different issues will be discussed by the 14 Pacific island and 5 metropolitan member countries and partners of SPREP.  Over the three day meeting these include an update on the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), Climate Finance, discussion on a new regional strategy on waste management and the development of the next SPREP Strategic Plan.


Pacific region awash with asbestos

A survey has found that some South Pacific countries are awash with the hazardous building material which can lead to lung diseases or cancer.

The Pacific environment agency SPREP says that until now there's only been anecdotal evidence about the quantity and condition of asbestos in the region.

SPREP's Pacwaste project manager, Stewart Williams, says the survey, done with European Union assistance, found that the once-common building material is widespread, including in public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

Making black gold in Niue

The Global Environment Facility-Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEF-PAS) Pilot Project on Composting and Recyclable Waste Separation is being implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom).

POETCom is housed in the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and is engaging in building resilient farming capacity in Niue through funding support from the International Fund for Agriculture Development. Composting is a resilient farming technique.

Marshall Islands and SPREP work together to develop environment documents

Periodic SOE reports serve as a "health check-up" for the environment and environmental services upon which the people of the Marshall Islands depend. The results from these reports feed directly into strategic environmental planning, which seeks to protect the healthy parts of RMI's environmental systems and improve other parts that are in decline.

A two day State of the Environment Report write-shop and National Environmental Management Strategy consultation was held in the Marshall Islands this month.

Tuvalu joins the battle against invasive species

A three day workshop coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) led to the formation of the Tuvalu Invasive Species Committee which will be coordinated by the Environment Department.

"A key outcome in forming this Committee is that stakeholders and various agencies have agreed to collaborate which can bring about positive outcomes," said Dr Posa Skelton, Coordinator of the Pacific Invasives Learning Network at SPREP.