Capacity Building to Strengthen Sustainable Implementation of Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Energy Access.

A partnership between the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) who are providing the funding, will start implementation in 2019. The objective of the initiative is to strengthen inclusive informed decision-making by resource owners and local government officials for integration of Green Economy and Renewable Energy into local-level planning and to strengthen implementation of Renewable Energy for rural electrification. The initiative will be implemented in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Read more here.

Pacific Blue Shipping Partnership.

The Pacific Blue Shipping Partnership (PBSP) arose from a meeting held on the sidelines of the 3rd Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) held in Suva, Fiji in May 2019. PBSP is coordinated by the Governments of Fiji and the Marshall Islands in partnership with the Governments of Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and others. To coordinate these activities these Governments have agreed to establish the PBSP with the goal of an initial emissions reduction target for Pacific shipping of 40% by 2030, and full decarbonisation of the sector by 2050. Read more here.

Island Resilience Initiative.

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has partnered with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and Precovery Lab to implement the Island Resilience Initiative (IRI). The IRI has so far been deployed to Palau, Marshall Islands and Fiji. IRI has six focus areas: Community Resilience, Energy, Environment, Equity, Water and Food Security. The process of implementation of projects identified through the IRI consultative process is involving a large number of other partners. Read more here.

Solarisation of Heads of State Residences

Solar Head of States (SHOS) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) have developed this initiative to facilitate the installation of solar energy infrastructure to power residences of heads of state of PIDF member countries and the PIDF Headquarters to promote renewable energy in the Pacific. PIDF and SHOS, with private sector partners, will procure, construct, and provide project management for the System. SHOS will also train local staff, labourers, and volunteers, who will assist with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the System. The Government of India has approved the funding of this project through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. Read more here.

Bamboo Development Centre

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in partnership with the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) and other partners, including Fiji’s Ministry of Forests, has developed a concept for the establishment of a Bamboo Centre in Fiji. Bamboo is potentially an important component of the Green Economy transformation. Its presence in a number of Pacific island countries and its versatility could offer Pacific people sustainable solutions to their needs. It could also become an important source of employment and income for communities that are currently under employed. Read more here.

Institute of Human Rights Research.

The University of Fiji, the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) established the Institute of Human Rights Research (IHRR) with an official launch in April 2019. The institute will help in advancing studies on human rights in the Pacific region and in advocating for the ultimate need to rigorously protect them. The IHRR is the first of its kind in the Pacific and will enhance existing knowledge and data on selected human rights issues, and will fill an important gap by enabling postgraduate students to conduct Pacific-focused research on how best to design tailored advocacy tools ensuring the integration of international human rights principles into national policies. The IHRR is currently seeking seed funding from sponsors. Read more here.

Seaweed Initiative.

As custodians of the biggest ocean on the planet, Pacific Island nations are on the front-line of the Blue Economy challenge and rely on healthy ocean ecosystems for economic growth, food security and natural capital. In fact 99% of the Pacific Islands Development Forum’s member countries’ territories is ocean and provides USD 2.193 billion per annum in marine and coastal ecosystem services across Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga alone. Read more here.