Youth Climate Ambassadors Conference

PIDF partnered with Project Survival Pacific (PSP) to organise the Youth Climate Ambassadors Conference, held on the 20th of November at the University of Fiji (UniFiji) in Lautoka and on the 21st of November at Fiji National University (FNU) Nasinu Campus. Project Survival Pacific (PSP) is a youth-led movement on sustainable development that works to safeguard the survival of the Pacific island people from the impacts of climate change through sustainable development within the Pacific islands region. Since its inception in 2008, PSP has worked to provide youth with a platform to have a voice and bring creative solutions to solve the world’s development challenges. The aim has been to bridge the divide that existed between young people and national/regional/global decision makers through the notion of genuine and durable partnerships. Read more.

eco-logical FJ

Konrad Thorpe’s eco-logical FJ was an idea born out of the need for sustainability and reusability. With single-use plastics being banned in more and more countries globally, the need for alternatives to things such as plastic cutlery, plates and straws arose. Combining biodegradable materials, and traditional island motifs that symbolise multiple ideas, we have created products that are not only practical, but also unique.

Anyone can go out and buy a bamboo product, but that doesn’t evoke any emotions. Drawing on Fijian culture is the driving force behind putting these unique designs on our products. We don’t want people to just use our products. We want them to feel what each set of motifs are portraying.

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Partnering to Meet Fiji’s 2030 Renewable Energy Goal

It is well known the negative impacts of burning fossil fuels for energy and the resulting carbon emissions is a significant contributor to worldwide climate change. What many do not know is that Fiji was the first country in the world to sign the Paris Climate Agreement to combat climate change. In fact, the government of Fiji has a very aggressive renewable energy goal of 99% by 2030. Meeting this goal will require bold vision and collaboration among committed partners nationally and in the region. As our business name implies, Vision Energy Solutions plans to lead these visionary energy solution collaborations in the region. Read more.

PIDF Secretary General Amb. Solo Mara talks up the Green Economy at the China-Pacific Forum.

21 October 2019 (Apia, Samoa) – Speaking at the 3rd China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum, PIDF SG Mara said that he encouraged further collaboration between Pacific island countries and China… and other emerging economies. As a platform for South-South Cooperation. He added “PIDF was there to support if and when needed as we move forward to develop a regional framework and a hub for Pacific South-South Cooperation.” Read more.

PIDF runs a National workshop in Solomon Islands to consult with stakeholders on the KOICA funded project “Capacity Building to Strengthen Sustainable Implementation of Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Energy Access.”

29 October 2019 (Honiara, Solomon Islands) – PIDF, together with partners GGGI and the Solomon Islands Department of Energy, today organised a workshop for stakeholders to introduce them to the project and seek their support towards its implementation; to review and confirm pre-selected sites, of Guadalcanal and Central in Solomon Islands as the project implementation sites; to review and confirm the type of training modules relevant for the locally targeted groups; and to identity potential individuals/ organizations/ agencies to assist in delivering the training workshops at the national and provincial levels.  Read more.

Nadi Bay Declaration on the Climate Change Crisis in the Pacific.

We, the People of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Striving to advance the sustainable and inclusive development of Pacific Island nations,
Dedicated to the goals of poverty eradication, environmental preservation and to addressing the challenges of the current anthropogenic climate change crisis;
Advocating for a paradigm shift to foster coherence between Climate Change mitigation and adaptation actions, environmental protection and resilience development;

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Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

SLoCaT is a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 90 organizations (representing UN organizations, Multilateral and Bilateral development organizations, NGOs and Foundations, Academia and the Business Sector).It was established in 2009 to promote the integration of sustainable, low carbon transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change and leverage action in support of the implementation of the global policies. The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) is a member of SLoCaT. Read more here.

IPCC Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (Summary for Policy Makers)

All people on Earth depend directly or indirectly on the ocean and cryosphere. The global ocean covers 71% of the Earth surface and contains about 97% of the Earth’s water. The cryosphere refers to frozen components of the Earth system. Around 10% of Earth’s land area is covered by glaciers or ice sheets. The ocean and cryosphere support unique habitats, and are interconnected with other components of the climate system through global exchange of water, energy and carbon. The projected responses of the ocean and cryosphere to past and current human-induced greenhouse gas emissions and ongoing global warming include climate feedbacks, changes over decades to millennia that cannot be avoided, thresholds of abrupt change, and irreversibility. Download here.

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems (Summary for Policy Makers)

The land provides the “food, feed, fibre, fuel and freshwater” without which human society and its economy “could not exist”, the report says. This provision is under threat from rising global temperatures and “unprecedented” rates of land and freshwater exploitation in recent decades. Global warming, along with associated changes in rainfall patterns, has “altered the start and end of growing seasons, contributed to regional crop yield reductions, reduced freshwater availability, and put biodiversity under further stress and increased tree mortality”, the report notes. Climate change is magnifying the pressures that humans are already putting on the land. But climate change is itself in part a result of the way in which humans use land. “Enhancing food security and reducing malnutrition, whilst also halting and reversing desertification and land degradation, are fundamental societal challenges that are increasingly aggravated by the need to both adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts without compromising the non-material benefits of land.” Download here.

The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change – Five Opportunities for Action

1. Ocean-based Renewable Energy
2. Ocean-based Transport
3. Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
4. Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Shifting Diets
5. Carbon Storage in the Seabed

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Tools


PECX

The Pacific Environment and Climate Exchange is an innovation and finance hub connecting project ideas in the Pacific islands with financing from around the globe.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Businesses everywhere are introducing CSR frameworks as a measure for giving back to the community of customers that makes their business viable.

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Green Initiatives

Businesses everywhere are taking action to make their activities greener… friendlier to people and environment. The initiatives  profiled here are meant to inspire similar action.

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“How to” Guides

Businesses want to become greener. But how do they do so? With these guides you can start tomorrow taking steps to transition to a green business while making more profit.

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Resources

We are not alone with this vision of greening business. There are resources being developed around the world that can help us in our own transition to a greener business model.

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Financial Support

Going green brings savings; thus it makes long-term financial sense. However if you need financial support to set you on the right track, see some options for your business.

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Sectors


Blue Economy

Large ocean nations like ours in the Pacific need to start looking at themselves as Blue Economies. We need to maximise returns from the blue economy while ensuring adherence to sustainability principles.

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Sustainable Energy

Energy is an important, at times considerable, component of the expenses of any business. Turning to renewables would benefit both the environment and the bottom line of any business.

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Green Packaging

Our lands and seas have become clogged with plastic and other litter derived from bags and packaging materials. Businesses need to take the lead and start the transition to greener biodegradable packaging.

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Sustainable Agriculture

The organic movement is addressing the world’s reliance on chemicals to grow our plants and vegetables, shifting to greener production with benefits to the environment and our health.

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Sustainable Tourism

Tourists come to the Pacific to enjoy our pristine environment. We need to ensure tourism contributes to the environment to protect the goose that lays the golden eggs.

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Sustainable Transport

Transport is another important component of business expense. Bringing sustainability in your transport needs is good for the planet and your bottom line.

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Natural Resources

We are blessed with natural resources that can give us income generation opportunities. Our people can prosper through the sustainable use and proper management of these natural resources.

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Business & Human Rights

There is no real development in a country unless people’s rights are properly observed. Although the safeguard of people’s rights is primarily the role of governments, business also has an important role to play.

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The Pacific Green Business Centre


The Private Sector and SDGs

The Pacific Green Business Centre aims to provide support to the Pacific Private Sector in designing and implementing strategies to make their businesses more sustainable while remaining profitable. It also aims to promote industries that support the Green/Blue Economy such as Sustainable Tourism, Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry and Fisheries.

SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The Private Sector needs to ensure it eliminates any dumping of waste or release of chemicals that could pollute fresh water sources. There is a need to also take steps to make efficient use of water and eliminate water wastage. Businesses involved with the sale of hardware need to provide affordable and good quality alternatives for materials used in improving water and sanitation infrastructure. The Private Sector could also consider devoting some of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to improving water ecosystems and the water and sanitation conditions of local communities.