Pacific Islands urgently need a Pacific-wide ban on asbestos and other toxic substances to protect our islands from being used as a dumping ground for products that other countries around the world have banned, SPREP's Director General, Mr Kosi Latu has warned, saying "The Rotterdam Convention has failed Small Island Developing States."
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Wednesday 10 May 2017
Tuesday 9 May 2017
Last month, the United Kingdom enjoyed its first full day without the need for coal power since the Industrial Revolution began. That’s remarkable news – and a sign of the future to come as the country that began humanity’s centuries-long romance with burning black rocks is now moving on. Just as the fax gave way to email and whale oil gave way to kerosene, so is coal giving way to cleaner forms of energy. And that handover will happen faster – perhaps fast enough to let us at least slow down the pace of climate change – if the massive and mighty insurance industry would play its part.
Wednesday 3 May 2017
“The pollution on this planet has never been worse. The impact of our people has never been more deadly. But the time to fix it has never been better,” said Mr Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24 April. Two toxic substances on the international "watch list", paraquat and chrysotile asbestos, are particularly relevant to Tonga.
Tuesday 21 February 2017
Tonga will host a regional "Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference" to discuss whale conservation in the Pacific.The three day event will run from April 4-6, to be attended by delegates from around the Pacific as well as conservationists.
Friday 16 December 2016
Tonga is among Pacific Islands countries that have identified important marine areas that are ecologically or biologically significant, and Vava'u is one area that has sites that need protecting. “There is an urgent need for follow-up activities to manage and mitigate threats on 22 sites identified as priorities. Seven of these sites are awaiting to be gazetted as conservation areas, with different levels of protection,” said Tonga's representative at the global biodiversity conference (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico this week.
Monday 5 December 2016
On a little stage in Nuku’alofa, a powerful resonating message has emerged from a small group of young performers who, in raising awareness of climate change, are urging everyone to take heed of the imminent danger.
Monday 21 November 2016
Vaini, Tongatapu, Tonga
An Eco-tourism project, Vai ko Felefonu (Felefonu Pool) in Vaini was officially launched by the Acting Prime Minister, Lord Ma’afu and his son Hon. Tevita 'Unga last Friday, 18 November, after the area received a $70,000 make-over. The project has provided a landscaped space that can be used for the selling of handicrafts by women and youth interested in tourism activities.
Thursday 20 October 2016
A US$7.5 million Regional Disaster Resilience project, under a partnership between Russia and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was launched on 17 October in Nadi. The Regional Disaster Resilience in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (RESPAC) Project will cover 14 countries including Tonga.
Friday 23 September 2016
Stronger guidelines to assess the impact of development on the environment in the Pacific have just been released by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
Friday 9 September 2016
David Tilton on Facebook said: Why not start now? I'm tired of bags of filthy nappies being dropped off on our road. Why can't those bags be picked up in the weekly trash? Why do people feel compelled to drop off their filth in someone else's neighborhood?
Wednesday 8 June 2016
Pacific people are urged to be part of the Wave for Change social media campaign and commit to activities to protect the ocean from threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, marine pollution and overfishing as part of World Oceans Day today, 8 June. SPREP says the ocean needs to be protected from threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, marine pollution and overfishing as it plays a vital role covering 98% of the Pacific region that consists of only 2% of land area.
Friday 26 February 2016
Wellington, New Zealand
The impending effect of climate change in the Pacific has initiated a partnership between the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on 18 February 2016.
Tuesday 9 February 2016
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Catching yellowfin tuna using the free-school fishing method has earned The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) a Seafood Champion Award 2016 and certification to carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label. Dr Transform Agorau said it was humbling to obtain international recognition for the vision to manage tuna fisheries effectively from their small office in the Marshall Islands.
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Before it has even been agreed upon, the world is already failing the current proposal for the new Climate Change agreement to reduce global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. While the Pacific islands call for the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the reality is the combination of all national pledges now on the table takes it to over 3 degrees Celsius. - SPREP
Monday 7 December 2015
Action Day at COP 21 in Paris, France has thrust the environmental leadership of the Pacific islands at the forefront of a Pacific Press Conference featuring the Heads of State from the Cook Islands, Palau and Tuvalu.
Monday 30 November 2015
As world leaders began to arrive in the French capital to finalise a global agreement on climate change, almost all the independent islands of the Pacific had submitted their new climate action plan – but not Tonga.
Friday 13 November 2015
A major fire on Late Island, believed to have started on Thursday, has continued to rage throughout Friday night on the island - an important nature reserve. "I can see the red glow of a raging fire on Late now at 20:23... it is heartbreaking," said biologist Nadya Zvyagina on Friday night from Fangasito, Vava'u. There is a lot of dead wood on the island after Cyclone Ian.
Tuesday 25 August 2015
Tonga has been included in the first destinations to be analyzed with the potential to become Whale Heritage Sites.
Thursday 15 January 2015
Nature played with the sea and the sky over Tonga this week as an algae bloom turned the seas frothy white, chocolate and red, while the sun shone through a champagne sky - captured on camera at Kanokupolu Beach this morning.
Friday 22 August 2014
Noumea, New Caledonia
The Secretariat of the South Pacific Community (SPC) is encouraging its Pacific Island members to adopt a fisheries management plan that ensures sustainable use of coastal resources.