Southwest Pacific

Cook Islands Submits Renewable Energy NAMA [viewed]

17 January 2013: The Government of the Cook Islands has submitted a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) seeking support for implementation to pursue the objective of achieving electricity 100% based on renewable sources by 2020. The proposal includes an implementation plan to generate 50% of its energy production from renewables by 2015, phasing out its current diesel generator-dominated system.

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PIFS Releases 2012 Pacific Annual Progress Report, Reporting Annex [viewed]

PIFS25 January 2013: The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has released the Pacific Plan 2012 Annual Progress Report and its associated Reporting Annex. The documents highlight challenges faced by the region, and outline progress made towards greater regional integration and cooperation in various areas, including climate change, fisheries, gender equality and disability-inclusive development.

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Event: Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP) Workshop [viewed]

A joint inception and programme planning workshop will take place from 28-30 January 2013 for the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP), a pilot climate change programme for the Solomon Islands. The workshop will bring together over 100 participants from all sectors to learn more about this project, the partners involved as well as the results of the Choiseul climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment. The workshop is intended to establish a steering committee and discuss the draft work programme. The workshop is hosted by Choiseul Provincial Government, with the assistance of several national ministries and development partners, including: the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Programme, The Nature Conservancy and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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IRENA Newsletter Highlights NAMA Handbook to Eliminate Barriers to Renewables Deployment [viewed]

IRENA21 January 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) latest newsletter highlights recent IRENA activities, meetings, publications and reports.

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Ramsar Announces Mangrove Rehabilitation Project in the Marshall Islands [viewed]

16 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on an upcoming mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project in two of the Marshall Islands' wetlands of international importance, Namdrik and Jaluit Atolls. 

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Event: Eighth CGE Meeting [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) is holding this meeting to improve the process of preparation of national communications from non-Annex I parties.  

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Event: Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The first preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 24-26 February 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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Asia-Pacific Countries Adopt Plan of Action on Space Technology for DRR and Sustainable Development [viewed]

20 December 2012: Asia-Pacific countries have adopted a five-year regional plan of action for cooperation and capacity building in the use of space technology for disaster risk management and sustainable development. 

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Fiji Workshop Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Priorities for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC14 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the outcomes of a workshop on priority adaptation measures to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji, including the identification of inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) as a key “win-win” adaptation to meet increased demand for fish in areas with degraded coral reefs.

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UNDP Assists Asia Pacific Countries in Making the Most of Domestic Climate Finance [viewed]

UNDP14 December 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on an initiative carried out in the Asia-Pacific region to help countries make the most of existing domestic climate finance to build climate-resilient roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure, so as to prevent future losses.

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