South Pacific Islands

August 30, 2020

USP Undertakes Work For PacWastePlus To Enhance Human Capacity To Sustainably Manage Waste In The Pacific

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) has commenced works with the European Union Pacific Waste Management (PacWastePlus) Programme, through a service agreement focused on developing a sustainable capacity building program for waste management in the Pacific. PacWastePlus is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to improve and enhance waste management activities and the capacity of governments, industry and communities to manage waste to reduce the impact on human health and the environment in participating Pacific island countries.
August 30, 2020

The plastic we use unthinkingly every day is killing our planet – and slowly but surely killing us – Andrew Paris

Another bottle. Yet another one. We are 200km from land, in the middle of the South Pacific, and this is the third bottle we’ve found already this morning Everywhere is plastic. The plastic we use unthinkingly every single day, the plastic we throw away without a moment’s thought, it lives on, […]
August 30, 2020

A Personal Reflection for Pacific Youth on Sustainable Tourism

Earlier this month, the world came together to celebrate International Youth Day on the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.  My job requires me to work directly with Governments, private sector and many development partners, actors and organisations who play a part in the development of tourism in the Pacific. It may be a coincidence, but I was fortunate to be invited as a guest speaker at the TS311 – Sustainable Tourism Development class at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji on 10th August 2020. 
August 30, 2020

Pacific Fisheries Ministers Raise Coastal Fisheries, Marine Pollution And Climate Change Concerns

A new look Pacific Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting, which started virtually yesterday, has tabled key concerns on the state of coastal fisheries, climate change and marine pollution. Their decisions reflect regional priorities for the fisheries and marine sector. Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister of Marine Resources, the Honourable Henry […]
August 30, 2020

100% energy-neutral hotel opens in Amsterdam

A new, cool and very eco hotel to add to your wish list. indigoeight has been appointed to represent the world’s first fully sustainable, energy neutral hotel, which opened in Amsterdam this summer. Using nature as inspiration, combined with clever technology and special engineering, the highly efficient waterfront Four Elements Hotel Amsterdam is located on IJburg, an area made up of three reclaimed islands. 
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).
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.
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 24, 2018

Rainwater Harvesting

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.
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