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 31, 2019

Pacific Week of Agriculture Samoa 2019 – Empowering Chefs and Women Farmers

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.
October 31, 2019

Pacific Sustainability Monitoring Programme: Environment and Sustainability

Our mission here at Treasure Island Resort is to offer the ultimate Fijian holiday experience, through providing innovative, consistently reliable and safe facilities for our guests.
October 31, 2019

Pacific children file climate crisis complaint to the United Nations

Four Pacific Island children are among the 16 youth, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who have filed a complaint on the climate crisis to the United Nations.
October 31, 2019

Pacific country in focus – Niue visitors code of conduct

This month we take a look at Niue and its efforts to promote what it stands for as a country and a Small Island State. 
October 31, 2019

Escape to the country: India’s villagers open doors to city tourists

A scheme training people to host outsiders is creating alternative livelihoods that will help build resilience against climate crisis and stem migration for Indian families
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 […]
October 1, 2019

Raffe Hotels & Resorts recycling all plastic bottles

Raffe Hotels and Resorts is proud to announce that Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Fiji Gateway Hotel have started recycling 100% of the plastic bottles consumed at their respective property from 1 October 2019. All three Raffe Hotels & Resorts properties are working with local partners Mission Pacific […]
September 27, 2019

The value of Interns to promoting sustainable tourism in the Pacific

Internships are critical experiences to help college students find their area of interest and the type of job they want to do in the future.
September 27, 2019

Beauty, sharks, oceans and plastic bottles

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.
September 27, 2019

Using creative art to make a difference in communities around the Pacific

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.
September 27, 2019

Afelita’s – keeping small businesses sustainable

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.
September 27, 2019

Pacific Islander Joins the United Nations World Tourism Organisation

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. 
September 27, 2019

SPTO launches Pacific Sustainable Tourism Newz Beat

SPTO’s Sustainable Tourism Development Division today launched their monthly update for the industry, to share key highlights in the region.
September 26, 2019

Fiji PM announces plan to plant 30 million trees

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has announced a plan to plant about 30 million trees in response to the climate crisis. PAC News reported he made the announcement at the World Leaders for Nature event in New York. Mr Bainimarama said the trees would be planted over the next 15 years, […]
September 11, 2019

Fiji’s Kokomo Private Island Resort Invests Further in Environmental Sustainability with South Pacific’s First Acoustic Manta Tagging Project

Kokomo Private Island, Fiji’s most exclusive private island resort has partnered with the world’s leading manta ray research and conservation charities to launch the South Pacific Acoustic Manta Tagging Project.
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