Sep. 26, 2019 – Fiji PM announces plan to plant 30 million trees
Mr Bainimarama said the trees would be planted over the next 15 years, funded by selling credits for the carbon that the trees would capture. He said the plan will encourage Fijian people to protect trees and mangroves because it offers a financial incentive as well as a natural one. Read more.
July 15, 2019 (Tahiti) – Tahiti leaders meet potential Chinese tourism investors.
The French Polynesian government has received the head of the Chinese conglomerate Dazhong, Yang Guoping, who is exploring investment opportunities in Tahiti and nearby islands. The Chinese delegation was met by the president Edourad Fritch and the vice-president Teva Rohfritsch at a time when their government is awaiting fresh investment bids to revive the stalled Tahitian Village project. Read More.
June 17, 2019 (Pacific) – Pacific leaders encouraged to take climate change to international courts
Shirleen Chin from the Ecological Defence Integrity at the Hague recently travelled to Vanuatu to meet with Pacific leaders for a conference on international justice. She is trying to encourage more countries to become members of the International Criminal Court, so that they can push for recognition of a new crime: ecocide. Read more.
June 6, 2019 (Europe) – Fijian family takes on Europe over climate crisis
A Fijian family may yet have their day in a European court in what’s being seen as a landmark case in the fight against climate change. They are the remotest family among ten, mostly from Europe, who are suing the European Union over its climate targets. Sáminuorra, a group representing indigenous Swedish youth, is also among the plaintiffs. They plan to appeal after the European General Court dismissed the so-called People’s Climate Case last month. Read more.
May 21, 2019 (Suva) – Fiji on path to establishing a Sustainable Energy Industry Association
More than 25 representatives of the sustainable energy industry in Fiji gathered at the PIDF Headquarter at Nasese, Suva on 3 May 2019 to discuss the formation of a Fiji Sustainable Energy Consortium. The joint PIDF-PCREEE event is a follow up to earlier preliminary discussions conducted by the PCREEE. Read more.
January 18, 2019 (Suva) – Australian coal is killing the Pacific, Fiji PM tells Scott Morrison
Fiji has firmly told Australia to shift away from coal and fossil fuels because climate change is hurting Pacific island nations. Australia must not put the interests of a single industry above the lives of Pacific nations battling climate change, Scott Morrison has been firmly told. Read more.
October 31, 2018 (Port Vila) – Drones to deliver vaccines in Vanuatu in world-first trial.
Drones carrying precious vaccines will soon be taking to the skies over Vanuatu, in a world-first trial that has the potential to revolutionise healthcare for isolated islanders in the Pacific. The Vanuatu government has signed contracts with two commercial drone companies and asked them to deliver temperature-sensitive vaccines to 39 remote villages that health workers often take days to access by car, boat or on foot. Read more.
October 8, 2018 (Wellington) – Climate change aid ‘not reaching those who need it most’
Around the world money is being poured into helping vulnerable countries fight climate change. But Caritas New Zealand director Julianne Hickey said finance was not getting beyond large institutions and government structures. Read more.
July 17,2018 (Fiji) – Fiji joins treaty to stamp out illegal fishing.
Fiji’s parliament has agreed to sign up to a key treaty to stamp out illegal fishing. The treaty, known as Port State Measures, is administered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Read more.
July 11,2018 (Niue) – Niue joins growing Pacific movement to ban plastics
Niue is the latest Pacific country to ban single-use plastic bags. Niue Tourism chief executive Felicity Bollen said the country had set aside the next 12 months to wean itself off the habit of a lifetime. Read more.
Feb. 15, 2018 (Tuvalu) – Tuvalu’s PM keen for private sector to take bigger role in economic development and the fight on climate change.
Tuvalu’s premier, Enele Sopoaga, says he would like to see the private sector take a role in helping economic development and fighting climate change in his country. Tuvalu is considered one of the most threatened Pacific Island nations because of rising sea levels due to climate change. Mr Sopoaga told Pacific Trade and Invest that Tuvalu was working on many fronts to combat the effects of climate change. Read more.
Feb. 12, 2018 (UN Climate Change News) – Presidencies Outline the Talanoa Dialogue Process
The current and the upcoming presidencies of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23 and COP24) have outlined in a message issued on 8 February 2018 a unique process to prepare the world to take the next steps towards higher climate action. Called the Talanoa Dialogue, this will be an important international conversation in which countries and other key actors will check progress while seeking to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Read more.