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Pacific Island governments, along with other world leaders and civil society,
have pledged their commitment to take action to change and promote sustainable
development. Along with this commitment is the recognition that a sustainable
future is dependent upon a considerable shift in attitudes, value, lifestyles
Education and training are critical components of SPREP’s mandate
and vision for sustainable development in the Pacific. This is clearly
identified in SPREP’s Strategic Programmes and Action Plan endorsed
by Pacific leaders in 2004.
SPREP is committed to promoting environment for sustainable development
issues in the Pacific, through supporting members develop national activities
and initiatives, and through encouraging collaboration and partnerships
to strengthen the profile of environmental education and communication
in the region.
Education and Communication for a Sustainable Pacific: A Guiding Framework
(2005 – 2007)
SPREP and members, with support from UNEP, have developed the Guiding
Framework which aims to guide the implementation of education and communication
initiatives to promote environment for sustainable development in the
A key role of the Framework is to support the development of annual national
action pans to focus on key priorities, whilst integrating the education
and communication requirements of existing environmental/sustainable development
programmes and initiatives.
Focusing on three key areas; Formal Education, Communication, and Capacity
Development, Partnerships and Networks, the Framework provides realistic,
achievable and measurable actions for supporting the integration of principles
of sustainability into national action plans, and existing environment
for sustainable development programmes.
Target area: FORMAL EDUCATION
Goal: To incorporate local, regional and international
environmental issues into all formal education in Pacific Islands, integrating
cultural, traditional and contemporary knowledge, skills and attitudes to
enhance sustainable development.
Target area: COMMUNICATION
Goal: To motivate, inspire and empower people to sustainably
manage their environment, through knowledge transfer, skills building,
and promotion of positive attitudes and behaviours.
Target area: CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT, PARTNERSHIPS, AND NETWORKING
Goal: To promote and improve the exchange of information,
skills and resources and to gain support for education and communication
in environment and sustainable development through formal and non formal
networks at local, national, regional and international levels.
SPREP recognises the vast differences of its member countries and territories
and the Framework aims to provide a foundation to progress education and
communication as powerful tools for achieving sustainable development
in the Pacific, and support the integration of ESD principles into existing
Strengthening Environmental Communications capacity in the Pacific
Communications can be defined as using the right tool, to promote the
right message, to the right people, at the right time. SPREP is committed
to supporting its members strengthen the role of communications in promoting
environment for sustainable development through the provision of communications
Between August andDecember 2006, SPREP in partnership with its members,
facilitated the Communicating for Change workshop series, an interactive
and action oriented training programme involving more than 100 government
and NGO representatives, and members of the media from 11 Pacific countries
Following on from these workshops, SPREP will continue to support members
to strengthen environmental communications throughout 2007.
From education to behaviour change
SPREP is working to develop models that promote the strategic integration
of behaviour change principles into broader strategic planning. There
is also a growing recognition of the need to not only KNOW more but to
ACT more. Education lays the foundation for initiating and promoting changes
in attitudes and behaviours, and can reinforce learning and awareness,
however, there are many intrinsic and extrinsic factors to consider when
aiming to changing individual and collective behaviour. SPREP continues
to promote the importance of considering behaviour change tools (such
as social marketing) in the development of campaigns, and continues to
advocate for the integration of communication into project planning and
SPREP and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
What is Education for Sustainable Development?
ESD is a vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume
responsibility for creating a sustainable future. ESD aims to prepare
people of all walks of life to plan for, cope with and find solutions
for issues that threaten the sustainability of our planet and the well-being
of all humans.
ESD has four major domains, reflecting diverse goals and audiences: promotion
and improvement of basic education; reorienting existing education programmes
at all levels to address sustainable development; developing public awareness
and understanding of sustainability; and training.
Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 – 2017)
2005 – 2017 has been declared the Decade of Education for Sustainable
Development with UNESCO as the global lead agency. SPREP is considered
a key stakeholder in regional discussions, and contributed to the development
of a regional ESD Framework in its capacity as a member of the Pacific
ESD Technical Working Group.
Pacific Framework for Education for Sustainable Development
In September 2006, Pacific Education Ministers endorsed the Pacific Framework
for Education for Sustainable Development in Nadi, Fiji. SPREP will continue
to work with key agencies to drive the development of Education for Sustainable
Development in the Pacific.
In 2007 SPREP will work with its members to develop an ESD-Environment
focus building on various environmental education initiatives undertaken
over the past decade.
SPREP’s climate change education and communications
SPREP recognizes the importance of media and communications in promoting
environmental sustainability, and works closely with key partners
and media organizations to build capacity in this area. SPREP works
three key areas: island biodiversity conservation, climate change
and variability, and waste management.
Selected Current Initiatives
2008 Pacific Year of the Reef
Legends of the Reef school competition
Children aged 5-12 years from
all Pacific island countries and territories are invited to write a
brief story (up to 500 words) about a legend
or story from their country or community, and prepare a poster.
regional winner will be selected and receive a USD$500 book prize for
their school, as well as a special Winner’s Pack.
and pictures will be displayed at SPREP meetings, and other events
during the 2008 Pacific Year of the Reef.
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challengecoralreef is open to any school
group (of students aged between 13 and 18 years of age) to develop an ‘Action
manage or conserve their local reef. Five Champion teams from around
the Pacific will receive funding to implement the key actions. A representative
of the winning team will be invited to attend the International Coral
Reef Symposium in Florida in July 2008.
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Pacific Climate Change Film Project
The Pacific Climate Change Film Project is an innovative partnership
between SPREP and the British High Commission, Suva to share inspiring
stories about how Pacific communities are responding to the impacts of
The Pacific Climate Change Flim Project will train and
support media professionals, filmmakers and producers from five countries
develop and produce their own short films on how climate change is
affecting their countries. The films aim to raise awareness about the
climate change and to share the inspirational stories about what is
being done to reduce its impacts. Participants involved in this project
from: Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Independent filmmakers
from the Cook Islands and Samoa are also participating in this project.
The films will be shown at the Pacific’s first climate change
related film festival in Suva, Fiji August 2008.
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more information on the Pacific Climate Change Film Project.
Get involved! Submit your films to the Pacific Climate Change Film
Festival! Entries close 1 July 2008.
SPREP is now inviting submissions
to the Pacific’s Climate Change
Film Festival in Suva, Fiji in August 2008. Click here for
more information and entry form.
2008 Pacific Future Environment Leaders Forum
The Pacific Future Environment
Leaders Forum is a leadership initiative for young professionals
working in the area of environmental sustainability
in the Pacific.
The Forum will take place from 12 - 14 March 2008
in Suva, Fiji. The Forum will focus on climate change issues, how Pacific
be affected, and what young people can do to increase resilience to
climate change in their communities.
The Forum is a joint initiative of
the University of the South Pacific (USP), the World Conservation Union
(IUCN) and SPREP, with funding from
the British High Commission, Suva.
For more information contact Aliti Koroi, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New waste materials
SPREP, in partnership with Live and Learn Environmental
Education (Vanuatu) is currently finalising the Pacific Waste Education
Handbook, a guide
for educators and community facilitators to reduce rubbish in the Pacific.
The Handbook will be available from the SPREP website in March 2008.
For more information contact SPREP’s Solid Waste Officer, Mark
‘Bring your own bag’ DVD
Just under five minutes, ‘Bring your own bag’ is an entertaining
look at why plastic bags should not be used for everyday shopping. As
an alternative, the video suggests that you “bring your own bag”.
An animated turtle tells the story of plastic bags and encourages everyone
to bring their own when they shop.
Waste world DVD
A dramatic short film which looks at the long-term impacts of not managing
solid waste in the Pacific islands.
For more information on available resources visit www.sprep.org/publication/pub_top.asp.
For more information please contact
Education and Social Communications Advisor
PO Box 240
T: (685) 21929
F: (685) 20231