Southwest Pacific

SPC and Fiji Cooperate to Map Forest Cover [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced a collaboration with Fiji's Department of Forestry to increase capacity in the use of high resolution satellite images to map land and forest cover in the country. The programme will focus on classifying forest types in Drawa, a 6,400 hectare area of indigenous forest on Vanua Levu.   

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Triennial LDC Review Hears Vanuatu's Needs for Smooth Transition [viewed]

17 January 2012: The representative of Vanuatu to the UN urged the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to ensure that, if the country is recommended for graduation from least developed country (LDC) status, it would continue to enjoy the preferential trade terms and other privileges provided to LDCs, in order not to derail the country from its sustainable development path.

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Voting Process for CSO Representatives at FCPF Opens [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced that the voting process is open to select observers for three "Southern" civil society organizations (CSOs) and one "Northern" CSO to attend the Participants Committee meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is hosted at the World Bank.

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Adaptation Fund Board Publishes Report of 16th Meeting [viewed]

Adaptation Fund3 February 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the approved report of its 16th meeting, which was held from 13-14 December 2011, alongside the seventh meeting of the Project and Programme Review Committee (PPRC), the Ethics and Finance Committee (EFC) and a civil society dialogue. At the meeting, the AFB approved project proposals in Uruguay, Cook Islands, Georgia, Madagascar, Samoa and Tanzania.

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UN/ISDR Highlights Fiji's State of Disaster as a Result of Floods [viewed]

3 February 2011: According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), a 15-day state of disaster has been declared in areas on the west coast of Fiji, which have been ravaged by floods and landslides. The state of disaster applies to Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Nadroga, Ra, and Tavua, and continued heavy rains are predicted. Nadi and Ba are participating in UN/ISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

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SPREP Completes Second PACC Training on Cost-Benefit Analysis [viewed]

2 February 2012: The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, under the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), has completed the second training on Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of PACC projects. Held in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the training considered climate change projections and risks in project planning.

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REEEP to Co-Finance Rollout of Tonga Energy Roadmap [viewed]

17 January 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has signed an agreement with  Tonga's Minister of Lands, Survey, Natural Resources, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lord Ma'afu, to provide funds to enable the Tonga Energy Roadmap (TERM) to be developed according to plan.

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UNESCO Highlights Climate Change Threats to Cultural Property in Kiribati [viewed]

UNESCO21 January 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the threats posed by climate change to the cultural property of Kiribati.

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IOC UNESCO Reports on Vessel Taking Part in GOOS Project [viewed]

UNESCO13 January 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the return of the schooner Lady Amber in Perth, Australia, on 4 January 2012. The vessel has been launching drifting robots as part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), a project supported by UNESCO IOC.

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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