22 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand - The impact of climate change reaches all aspects of human life in the Pacific. Policymakers must select the priority adaptation actions from many options. UNDP and UN Environment are empowering effective climate change decision-making in the Pacific, to enhance resilience.
15 May 2018, Port Vila, Vanuatu - It's a Pacific island nation that has beaten the global community across the finish line with Vanuatu officially being the first nation in the world to legally ban the use of plastic straws. The passing of legislation in February will see the end of single use plastic bags, polystyrene takeaway boxes and straws by 1 July, 2018.
As the planet mobilises towards addressing the challenge of a plastic ocean, the island of Vanuatu is mobilising to ensure a plastic bag, straw and polystyrene takeaway box free nation.
The Pacific islands region is on track to having its own Pacific Climate Change Centre to be based in Samoa at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). This month will see the ground breaking ceremony take place at SPREP Headquarters in Vailima.
SPREP's Environmental Monitoring and Governance Programme continued to provide policy and technical support to Niue with its final consultations on the State of Environment (SoE) Report and National Environmental Management Strategy (NEMS) from the 26-29 March 2018.
Pohnpei, FSM 12 March 2018 - The Vice-President Yosiwo P. George of the Federated States of Micronesia launched their first ever Adaptation Fund Project in the FSM National Government Capitol, Palikir. The Inception Workshop marks the commencement of the project "Enhancing climate change resilience of vulnerable island communities in FSM".
"With the accelerating rates of these slow onset disasters due to global warming, there is a strong need for a complete change in the mindset towards standardised and appropriate use of science-based climate information at different levels for resilient development." – Hon Ham Lini Vanuaroroa
In 2015 Vanuatu was labelled the world's most 'at risk' country to natural hazards in the world. According to the World Risk Report 2015, on average, natural disasters affect over a third of the population each year.
Talofa from SPREP
13 November, 2017, Bonn, Germany – Islands are experiencing an increase in the intensity of tropical cyclones, and this will become the new normal.
This was the key message during yesterday’s joint side event between Climate Analytics, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), held during the Twenty-third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Bonn, Germany this week, 6-17 November, 2017.
Greetings from SPREP,
25 October 2017, Suva, Fiji - Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Environment, Mr. Joshua Wycliffe encouraged Pacific countries to embrace Ecosystem or Nature-based Solutions to climate change at a Pacific Regional Dialogue on linking action on climate change, biodiversity management and sustainable development at the Holiday Inn in Suva this week.
"Countries have nothing to lose. It doesn't cost much. It may be as simple as maintaining what we have. And of course, repairing the ecosystems that have been damaged.
1 October, 2017, Suva, Fiji – For an island region that copes each year with the impacts of cyclones, droughts, tidal surges and salt water inundation in food crops, the importance of Pacific resilience for our survival is paramount.
The 2017 Pacific Resilience Week underway in Suva, Fiji from 2 - 6 October, 2017 will help ensure all actions on the ground to protect lives and livelihoods from the negative impacts of climate change and disasters are well coordinated and executed.
Greetings from Apia,
While a lot of important leaders meetings were taking place in the region in September, there were also a large number of technical meetings convened.
These will all contribute towards the scientific basis of climate change work in the region.
Introduction: Message from the Director General
I am pleased to introduce the Annual Report for 2016 and Director General’s Overview of Progress since the 27th SPREP Meeting held in Niue in September, 2016. It has been another successful year of implementation and results in support of Pacific island countries and territories.
SPREP Strategic Plan 2017–2026
The Australian Aid funded Climate and Oceans Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac) project, commenced its specialized training of Pacific Climate Officers on the use of the Seasonal Climate Outlooks in Pacific Islands Countries (SCOPIC) tool yesterday at SPREP training centre in Vailima.
18 September 2017, Apia, Samoa – Four countries launched national publications today at the Pacific Environment Forum, detailing the state of the environment and national strategies for environmental management.
The importance of periodic stocktaking exercises for Pacific islands, such as State of Environment (SOE) reports and National Environment Management Strategies (NEMS), was highlighted today during the launching of national environmental planning and monitoring tools at a side event at the Pacific Environment Forum in Apia, Samoa.
It has been an interesting and intense month for the Pacific meteorological services, with a series of meetings and training workshops culminating in the 4th Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) and 2nd Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology. These were held in Honiara,
Solomon Islands, and saw increased interest and participation from Members, partners and international organisations. The Honiara Ministerial Statement is also an important development in terms of policy direction and needs in the region.
Regional collaboration is essential to managing the impacts of droughts and floods across the Pacific.
This was the finding of the Fourth Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-4) this week, as it took a step towards the better management of floods and droughts through the establishment of a regional expert panel on hydrology.
By Ana Uili of MEIDAC (Tonga)
18 August, 2017, Honiara, Solomon Islands, PMC-4 – The Government of Tonga will be committing US$25 million to the kingdom’s meteorological service to develop resilience to extreme weather events and to strengthen its early warning system.
Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni announced this during discussions on the outcomes of the Nuku’alofa Ministerial Declaration of 2015 at the Pacific Meteorological Ministers Meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands today.
"As a major responsible developing country, China will continue to work steadfastly to implement the Paris climate deal and join hands with all parties to tackle climate change" - HE Wang Xuefeng, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Samoa.
Continued support from the People's Republic of China for the work of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) was further emphasised this week with the presentation of USD 150,000 to SPREP.