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 […]
March 2, 2020

Tourism’s role in the Vanuatu Local Cuisine Revival Strategy

The workshop was facilitated by the Department of Tourism, Votausi Mackenzie from Lapita Café, Robert Oliver the Executive Director Pacific Islands Food Revolution and supported by the Pacific Agricultural Research and Development Initiative (PARDI 2) project under the Australian Centre for Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
March 2, 2020

Work To Address Marine Plastic Litter Gets Off The Ground

A cleaner Pacific Ocean free from single-use plastics.
February 29, 2020

Uto ni Yalo Trust constructs 100 traditional canoes for sustainable travel

The Uto ni Yalo trust is now building 100 traditional canoes which will not only be environmentally friendly but a cheaper form of transportation.
February 29, 2020

Island life: An insider’s guide to life in Noumea

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a fitness fanatic, or a connoisseur of fine French wine, Australia’s Pacific neighbour New Caledonia has it all on offer. The first thing I remember flying into New Caledonia was the breathtaking views of New Caledonia’s lagoon – the largest in the world. The second thing was salivating at the sights of the bakeries packed with fresh baguettes, pastries and desserts (almost) too perfect to eat.
February 29, 2020

Sustainability Efforts in Other Regions: Soneva launches pioneering new “Namoona Baa” environmental initiative

Resort operator Soneva recently launched its Namoona Baa initiative, marking the first major step towards reducing waste in the Maldives.
February 29, 2020

Sustainability Efforts in the Pacific: Business ethics? These guys have it in spades

The positive response received to Mana Tiaki Eco Certification’s first year of operation confirms the industry’s genuine interest in sustainable tourism for the Cook Islands. Now inviting applications for 2020, the eco certification supports tourism as an important contributor to the Cook Islands economy, while seeking to ensure that growth doesn’t threaten the natural environment.
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 […]
January 31, 2020

Sustainability efforts in Other Regions: Red Rocks initiative – responsible and sustainable tourism

Through sustainable development, Red Rocks Initiatives has established several activities that empower the local communities
January 31, 2020

Exhibition And Visibility Opportunities At The 10th Pacific Islands Conference On Nature Conservation And Protected Areas

The 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas is seeking expressions of interest from projects and programmes, organisations and the private sector that want visibility and exhibition space, as well as potential sponsors who are keen to support and be involved in this significant regional event.
January 31, 2020

Tanoa Tusitala Hotel is your home away from home

Tanoa Tusitala Hotel have implemented a 'Farm to Table' concept by growing many fruit, vegetables and herbs within the hotel grounds which are used in the hotel kitchen.
January 31, 2020

Pacific SIDS Prepare to Submit 3 VNRs in 2020

The Pacific countries presenting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in 2020 will include Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
January 31, 2020

Bougainville carver sees living off land as key to independence

A master carver in Bougainville says living off the land is how the autonomous Papua New Guinea region can be economically independent. Joe Dutaona is encouraging young people to follow his steps into traditional practices – such as wood carving – as a sustainable livelihood. He has emphasised this message […]
January 31, 2020

Nani, beyond travelling.

More than just a tour operator, Nani Travels is the voice of the kids of the Pacific.
January 31, 2020

Palau readies for marine sanctuary in 2020

Palau is gearing up for the implementation of its long-heralded marine reserve, which comes into effect this year.
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 […]