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Environment media training in Vanuatu

[General]27 February 2011

Media outreach to strengthen environment reporting in the Pacific continues this week with national training for media and information workers in Vanuatu.

Understanding the role of the media to help raise awareness and encourage good environmental behaviour, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with support from UNESCO is working with Vanuatu media this week to help strengthen their skills in environment reporting.

Climate change and biodiversity will be at the centre of the training which will aim to compile an e-newsletter of environment news from the participants.

It is also planned that a Vanuatu Environment Media Award for all local media will be launched at the end of the training to encourage envir ...(to be continued)

Kivori Village, Confronting the Reality of Climate Change

Estimated[Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change]The term ‘Climate Change’ is not just an abstract to the people of Kivori, it is their daily challenge. Located some 130 kilometres west of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the community is a six hour drive from the capital, but much longer on a wet day that tends to worsen the impossible muddy road.
The Kivori community is a pilot site for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, nationally implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock of PNG, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its implementing agency in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Over the years Kivori have suffered from two extreme weather conditions, flooding on one ...(to be continued)

The region has a new plan to help strengthen Pacific Wetlands

File[Nature Conservation]A new three-year action plan has been developed outlining activities, responsibilities and targets that seek to promote and strengthen the conservation and wise use of wetlands in our region.

The new Regional Wetlands Action Plan for the Pacific Islands follows on from the original Regional Wetlands Action Plan endorsed by members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in 1999. The new action plan covers the period 2011-2013.

“This new plan applies to virtually everyone,” said Mr. Vainuupo Jungblut, the Ramsar Officer Oceania.

“We’re really pleased with the combined effort from the 13 Pacific Island Countries and Territories that developed and finalised this action plan. It indicates a proactive stance to reverse the tre ...(to be continued)

World Wetlands Day 2011 Celebration in Samoa

File[General]By Clive Hawigen of SPREP

More than 100 people turned up at the To’oa Salamasina Hall at Sogi, Samoa, to celebrate the World Wetlands Day, yesterday.

The World Wetlands Day that is celebrated on February 2 every year marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in the small town of Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. Government agencies, non-government organizations and community groups have celebrated World Wetlands Day since 1997 by undertaking actions to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and to promote the conservation and wise/sustainable use of wetlands.

The theme for the occasion in Samoa was “Forests for Water and Wetlands.” Celebrations began at the To’oa Salamasina Hall with an offici ...(to be continued)
Meeting Records and Working Documents
6 - 10 September 2010
Papua New Guinea
Latest press releases
The region has a new plan to help strengthen Pacific Wetlands(2/11/2011)
World Wetlands Day 2011 Celebration in Samoa(2/3/2011)
Introduction of invasive species as pets or, for live food comes under expert review(2/2/2011)

Latest publications
SPREP Strategic Plan 2011-2015(2/25/2011)
Regional Wetlands Action Plan for the Pacific 2011-2013(2/11/2011)
World Wetlands Day 2011: Forests for water and wetlands(1/28/2011)


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