Tag: SPREP

Fiji: Five year climate change project reviewed

Press Release – SPREP Regional five year climate change adaptation project reviewed in Fiji this week 28 July 2014, Nadi, Fiji – The wide-ranging impact of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project was highlighted this morning at the opening ceremony of a meeting …Regional five year climate change adaptation project reviewed in Fiji this week 28 July 2014, Nadi, Fiji – The wide-ranging impact of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project was highlighted this morning at the opening ceremony of a meeting of all partners, the final multi-partite review. The project ends in December this year. It’s a project with much to celebrate and to learn from, having impacted positively upon over 54,000 people from 80 villages in all Pacific island countries. “This review, the final one for the project, is not any ordinary review that has been conducted as part of this project. This is the grand finale of all reviews, given that the project is due to end in December, 2014. This meeting is therefore a very significant event,” said Dr. Mahendra Kumar, Director of the Fiji Climate Change Division, during his keynote speech. “I wish you all a productive week of deliberations and look forward to the results of the review as well as the launching of publications and technical reports emanating from this project.” Starting in 2009, the project has worked in 14...

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Palau first to start work on climate and disaster plan

Press Release – SPREP Palau – Palau is the first island nation to begin work on a project to develop Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans for national broadcasters through an emergency management for media course that was completed on Thursday.Palau first to start work on national broadcasters’ climate and disaster resilience plan 4 July 2014 Palau – Palau is the first island nation to begin work on a project to develop Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans for national broadcasters through an ‘emergency management for media’ course that was completed on Thursday. This training is part of an initiative funded by the Pacific Assistance Media Scheme (PACMAS) and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Over this three-day period, participants in Palau learnt how to develop a plan that can be used in times of emergencies and disasters to strengthen their ability to continue broadcasting to local communities. “The enthusiasm shown by representatives from TV, radio and newspapers to develop their disaster plans and strengthen their relationship with the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) is encouraging. Participants in this training have drawn on their experiences from Typhoon Bopha in 2012 and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 to identify ways to improve public information in future emergencies and disasters,’ said Mr. Noa Tokavou, Disaster Risk Management Officer, SPC,...

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Better waste practices to showcase Samoa as: green, healthy

Press Release – SPREP The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Health and the Samoa Tourism Authority, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), have embarked …Better waste practices to showcase Samoa as a green, clean and healthy island 7 July 2014 The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Health and the Samoa Tourism Authority, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), have embarked on a campaign to help address the forecast increase in waste generated during the SIDS Conference, with an eye to improve waste management practices beyond the conference. Samoa will host the third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS Conference), in August and September this year. The campaign includes a waste audit that took place in March, of over 40 Samoan hotels and other accommodation venues and ports of entry to be used during the Conference. The survey results show that when fully occupied, between 7 and 70 large trash bags of waste are generated per week from each venue, which will increase significantly during the UNSIDS Conference. Of the accommodation providers consulted, 27% dispose of their own trash, 62% use a contractor, 22% use community bins and 2% burn their waste. The most common types...

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