Under a starry Samoan sky on a cool tropical night, six teams came together in a friendly competition creating amazing cuisine from locally-sourced ingredients during the Pacific Week of Agriculture held in Apia, Samoa in early October.
Plastics are a threat to marine life as well as the livelihoods of communities who depend on the ocean. Hence it is somewhat fitting that a project to protect sharks in the Beqa waters off of Viti Levu in Fiji also contributes innovatively to addressing plastic pollution while empowering communities to become more economically self-reliant.
I would like to begin by congratulating SPTO’s Sustainable Tourism Development Division on the launch of the monthly newsletter focusing on Sustainable Tourism and Community Development in the Pacific.
Running a small business is never easy, especially in the tourism industry and especially if you have to do it all yourself. Ensuring that the business is environmentally sustainable makes the challenge even more daunting but that’s exactly what Afelita’s is about.
Former Director of Policy and Planning at the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, Miss Alcinda Trawen has recently joined the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as the Deputy Manager for International Relations, based in Nara, Japan.
The Pacific Learning Partnership for Environmental and Social Sustainability (PLP-ESS) is a collaboration between the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific (USP), the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank (through the World Bank Australia Safeguards Partnership, with support from the Australian […]
When choosing a sunscreen we usually look for an SPF number, water resistance, PA rating, etc. However, we often fail to consider how the products used affect oceans and the fragile coral reefs in particular.
A one-day intensive collaboration of business leaders and industry influencers, Plasticity sparks the conversations that ignite world-changing initiatives. Utilising a “Ted-Talks” style format, Plasticity introduces practical sustainability concepts that are relevant to today’s business world, and showcases new market opportunities for transforming plastic waste into valuable second-life resources. Plasticity is much more than a conference: it’s a global movement of informed eco-optimism, fuelled […]
In the deep blue Fijian waters of the Lomaiviti archipelago, there sits the coral cay that is Leleuvia Island Resort, a 68,000 square metre islet that is adopting and implementing sustainable tourism practices because they understand that acting locally impacts globally.
'My Fiji Shark' is a collaborative venture between Beqa Adventure Divers 'BAD'; the United Nations Development Programme 'UNDP' & the South Pacific Tourism Organization 'SPTO' who have created this project in order to achieve the shark research, management and conservation goals they all share.
The purpose of this paper is to provide background context for improving finance for Pacific Ocean governance. The goal of ocean finance is to generate, invest, align, and account for financial capital to achieve sustained ocean health and governance. This paper analyses the current Pacific Ocean finance context according to these four actions, and is a precursor to the development of 1) Ocean Finance Profiles which articulate the status and opportunities in ocean finance at the national level for Pacific Island countries (January 2020), and 2) a summary paper articulating a regional path forward (June 2020).
The Samoa Tourism Authority and the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Pacific States in collaboration with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation are pleased to present the UNESCO Roundtable on Building Sustainable Tourism for Green/Blue Livelihoods in Pacific Island Countries and Territories...
Rainwater harvesting has not generally been given the attention it deserves. It has often been looked upon as a technology of last resort, to be used only when no other alternatives exist, such as on some of the Pacific low-lying islands lacking fresh surface water or groundwater.