Interview with Ms Vera Chute, Managing Director of Value City

Ms Chute says, “Buying second hand clothing, shoes, bags, books, toys etc reduces the processing of raw materials. Recycling reduces energy with fewer carbon emissions. By recycling we are saving water and reducing waste as all these items are not going through the manufacturing process. Furthermore, less manufacturing means less toxic waste into our atmosphere and our water systems – creeks, rivers and our ocean. So, reducing, reusing and recycling we help to tackle climate change.” Vera Chute manages Fiji’s largest recycled clothing importers, wholesalers and retailers business.She has led the company since 1990. Value City now has 16 stores and 4 warehouses Fiji wide with 200 employees with franchises in Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati which are operated by women entrepreneurs. Read the full interview here.

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Meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs

23 February 2020 – PIDF Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg had the pleasure of meeting the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Sir Mark Lowcock in which he discussed with representatives of Pacific regional organisations the role of the UN in the Pacific and how best to improve humanitarian assistance in the region, considering that climate change is already increasing the severity of natural disasters is expected to keep doing so for the foreseeable future. Also at the meeting were staff members of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the UN Resident Coordinator Mr Sanaka Samarasinha, PIFS’ DSG Ms Cristelle Pratt and SPC’s DDG Ms Audrey Aumua.

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Meeting with the Managing Director of Goundar Shipping

21 February 2020 – A PIDF Programme team consisting of Team Leader Mark Borg, Coordinator Nikhil Lal and Intern Jordan Longworth visited Goundar Shipping and held very fruitful discussions with Managing Director Mr George Goundar and Ships Manager Captain Inoke Ratotodro, on the changes and support needed by the domestic maritime industry to transition to more sustainable shipping. The PIDF team will also visit other shipping companies in Fiji and in other Pacific island countries to ensure the needs of the private sector in the shipping industry are taken into account and these companies benefit from the transition.

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Pacific Waste Free Islands

20 February 2020 – PIDF Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg and Programme  Management Coordinator Nikhil Lal participated in the inaugural meeting of the Plastic Waste Free Islands Project, implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with financial support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The PIDF team emphasised the need to address the matter with urgency and ensure we have alternative and safe products in place before plastic bans are introduced, to find economically viable solutions and to involve the private sector at every step of the way as they will be the ones driving the transition.

Meeting with Fiji’s Permanent Secretary of Agriculture

11 February 2020 – A PIDF Programme team consisting of Team Leader Mark Borg, Coordinator Afsrin Ali and Intern Jordan Longworth visited the Permanent Secretary of the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture Mr Ritesh Dass and the Chief Economist Ms Sera Bose to share information on PIDF initiatives as well as explore areas of collaboration. Read more.

PIPSO Board meets to set new strategic focus

28 January 2020 – PIPSO Board Members, Staff and ILO representatives from over ten countries were part of the 2020 strategic review and planning meeting for the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi last week from 28 – 29 January 2020. The timely meeting was a result of a partnership between PIPSO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) around their shared interests to support Employer and worker organisations, with PIPSO looking to strengthen their own organisation and support their own members – both as Employers and private sector.

Submission to Fiji Parliament Standing Committee on Kigali Amendment.

16 January 2020 – PIDF Secretary General Amb. Solo Mara and Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg presented PIDF’s views and recommendations to the Fiji Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in regards to the Parliament’s consideration of adopting and ratifying the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. The Standing Committee was represented by the Chair Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Hon. Dr. Salik Govind, Hon. Lenora Qereqeretabua, and Hon. Anare Jale. Read more.

PIPSO and PIDF talk on closer collaboration

10 January 2020 – Ambassador Solo Mara and Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg met with PIPSO CEO Ms. Alisi Tuqa discussing how PIDF could support private sector better, concerning areas of sustainable transport, sustainable energy, building resilience & conservation.

Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport (MCST)

The MCST is a unique program and approach to addressing the need for Pacific states to transition to low carbon transport pathways. It is a joint initiative of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the University of the South Pacific. PIDF is a close collaborative partner of the MCST. Read more here.

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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Pacific Decade for Sustainable Transport

At the PIDF Leaders’ Summit and Conference held in Nadi, Fiji on 29 and 30 July 2019, the PIDF Leaders endorsed a resolution that declared 2020-2030 as the Pacific Decade for Sustainable Transport.

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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.

IPCC (2018) GLOBAL WARMING OF 1.5 °C: Summary for Policymakers – an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

The report concludes that keeping temperature rise at 1.5 °C is still possible but urgent action to reduce emissions and extend carbon sinking habitats (forests, mangroves and sea-grass) is needed. The report supports the call of Pacific island nations that unless this action is taken, the world will need to face up to more serious consequences at a high cost in human lives and economic disruptions. Download here.

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.