February 13, 2020

Pacific Island Countries Move Forward With Pacific Waste Management Programme

Pacific island countries, supported by the European Union (EU) funded Pacific Waste Management Programme (PacWastePlus) concluded their intensive three-day programme steering committee meeting, acknowledging that waste management is a serious issue of concern for the region, especially hazardous wastes such as, E-waste and Asbestos as well as solid wastes, specifically […]
February 13, 2020

Turama: a leading light in sustainable tourism

Turama Pacific Travel Group managing director Robert Skews (center) at the opening of the local inbound tourism company’s new initiative in its water bottling station that will see more than 200,000 plastic bottles saved from ending up in the landfill. Robert Skews is pictured here with (from left) Tonga Tourism […]
December 19, 2019

Vanuatu, Palau and Cook Islands Stand Up for Sustainable Tourism

Inspired by the incredible display of Vanuatu’s unparalleled beauty and culture as well as the influential discussions presented at the Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference, the Directors of Tourism from Vanuatu, Palau, the Cook Islands, drafted the Statement of Intent for a collaboration in sustainable tourism. Presented and signed in front of […]
December 18, 2019

Tonga Uses Big Batteries to Reach Ambitious Renewable Rnergy goal

The tiny Kingdom of Tonga is using large scale batteries to help it reach a renewable energy target (RET) of 50 per cent by 2020 – and ditch its reliance on diesel generators. The South Pacific island group is boosting renewable capacity by adding the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to its Popua Power […]
December 18, 2019

Pacific xperts seek solutions to ocean governance and Finance

Leading experts in ocean governance and finance have met in Fiji to try and identify ways to maximise their resources in a sustainable manner. The Pacific Ocean Finance Conference aimed to help Pacific island states plan, manage and finance their oceans. Fleming Umiich Sengebau is Palau’s minister for natural resources, […]
December 18, 2019

Explore the War History of Nauru

  Though Nauru is only around 21 square kilometres, there is plenty of war history dotted around the island. You just need to know where to look! During World War II, Nauru was occupied by Japan for around three years. The Japanese used Nauru as a stronghold and increased warfare […]
December 18, 2019

Set to graduate from LDC in 2024

SOLOMON Islands will be graduating from its status as a Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in 2024. This was revealed by the Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. Jimmie Rogers after a joint high-level dialogue with United Nation (UN) Resident Coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha in Honiara, Thursday. He said as part of the […]
December 18, 2019

Pacific Mamas drape Auckland Town hall with gift of love

A group of Pasifika women in New Zealand have taken a pile of plastic rubbish and used their traditional skills to turn it into a thing of beauty. The artists have gifted the enormous ei, or flower garland, to the city of Auckland, showing off their heritage and helping to […]
December 18, 2019

Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy Launched

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Director for the Asia Pacific, Professor Mihee Kang and the GSTC trainer for Vanuatu Dr Cherise Addinsall has conducted a 3-day GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program and GSTC Independent Auditor Training with guest speakers Mr Fredrick Maclean (former General Manager of the Havannah Resort […]
December 18, 2019

Building Social and Ecological Resilience to Face Environmental Threats: a story from the Triem Tay village

Triem Tay is a village in the island of Cam Kim, surrounded by the river Thu Bo, three kilometres away from World’s Heritage town Hoi An, Vietnam. The location of Triem Tay is prone to floods during rainy season (water can reach up to 3 meters), washing away entire ecosystems […]
December 18, 2019

Tonga Uses Big Batteries to Reach Ambitious Renewable Energy Goal

The tiny Kingdom of Tonga is using large scale batteries to help it reach a renewable energy target (RET) of 50 per cent by 2020 – and ditch its reliance on diesel generators. The post Tonga Uses Big Batteries to Reach Ambitious Renewable Energy Goal appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.
December 13, 2019

Tourism’s Growth Strengthens Sector’s Potential To Contribute To Sustainable Development Agenda

International tourist arrivals grew by a further 4% between January and September of 2019, the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer indicates. Tourism’s growth continues to outpace global economic growth, bearing witness to its huge potential to deliver development opportunities across the world but also to its sustainability […]
December 5, 2019

Tourism’s Carbon Emissions Measured in Landmark Report Launched At COP25

Transport-related emissions from tourism are expected to account for 5.3% of all man-made CO2 emissions by 2030, up from 5% in 2016, a landmark new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) shows. At the same time, as tourist numbers rise and the sector […]
December 4, 2019

Nanuku wins Sustainable Tourism Company of the Year at the 2019 Travel Awards

Nanuku, Auberge Resorts Collection, the South Pacific paradise set along the legendary serene coastline of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, was the proud recipient of The Travel Awards 2019 Sustainable Tourism Company of the Year. Just weeks after also being recognised as the No.1 resort in Australia and the […]
November 12, 2019

Kivhan musicians & sponsors launch water tank

The musicians community water project, based in Ialuwalu village at Loukatai area on the island of Tanna, was finally launched on Thursday this week 7th November 2019. A 10,000L tank now supplies water to a population of approximately 3000 villagers, through the Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan association and co partners […]
November 7, 2019

PNG bans plastic bag imports

A total ban on single use plastic bags in Papua New Guinea will come into effect on the 31st of January next year. The Post Courier reports the environment minister, Geoffrey Kama, made the announcement in a media release on Friday Mr Kama said the government banned the importation of […]
November 7, 2019

ADB gives Tuvalu solar energy grant

The Asian Development Bank has approved a $US6 million grant to Tuvalu for renewable energy. The bank said the grant would improve the climate resilience of Tuvalu’s energy sector and reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. Its aim is to increase the proportion of electricity generated from renewable sources […]
October 24, 2019

$US29 million allocated for Marshall Islands’ seawall

President Hilda Heine said that meant the country would be better placed to deal with the impacts of climate change. It was part of the Pacific Resilience Project, she said, which aims to strengthen warning systems, establish climate resilient investments on the shore, and to improve responses. Finance Minister Brenson […]
October 8, 2019

Farmers and chefs link up to form new culinary force

The direct relationship between the farmers who grow our food and chefs who prepare it was celebrated with a new alliance formed at the Chef and Mamas Cook Off Competition at the Orator Hotel yesterday. Chefs from restaurants across Samoa worked with farmers to bring a three course meal to […]
October 4, 2019

Sustainable Tourism Development dependent on Cooperation and Commitment

At the 29th meeting of the SPTO Council of Ministers held in Alofi, Niue, the Ministers were urged to take up stronger cooperation and commitment to the sustainable development of the Pacific Tourism industry, the lifeline for so many of our Pacific Island countries and territories. The comments were made […]
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