May 8, 2020

Climate action required in 2020 must continue says Forum – Discover the South Pacific

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum says countries need to understand the connectivity between the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.
May 8, 2020

Striking lack of progress on environmental SDGs in Asia-Pacific, reveals new UN report – Discover the South Pacific

There is overwhelming evidence that the Asia-Pacific region needs to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and substantially reverse current negative trends, especially those which are depleting and degrading its environmental resources, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for […]
May 8, 2020

Environmentally friendly diving to conserve marine life for sustainable development – Discover the South Pacific

Tourists and divers flock the pristine Nusa Penida Island in Bali, Indonesia for the scenic views, beautiful beaches, towering limestone cliffs and life underwater.
March 19, 2020

Nadi International Airport Achieves Level 3 of Airport Carbon Accreditation

Airports Council International has today announced Nadi International Airport’s attainment of Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation. This makes Nadi the first airport to be Level 3 accredited in the South Pacific. Fiji Airports CEO, Faiz Khan said attaining Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation is yet another milestone accomplishment for Nadi […]
March 6, 2020

ESCAP at WUF10: Sustainability battle will be decided in Asia-Pacific cities

The global drive for sustainable development will be rooted in local, urban solutions, shared ESCAP Executive Secretary Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana at the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi from 8 to 10 February. Participating in several high-level sessions, the Executive Secretary reiterated that urban growth must be […]
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 […]