Author: Colin Tukuitonga

Reflections on 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, I want to take a moment and express my appreciation to SPC staff, partners, donors and our many supporters around the world. It has been a year of evolution for SPC, and our achievements over the last 12 months have positioned our organisation for an exciting future. In a world with so much change, it is incredible to think that the Pacific Community has been serving its members in the Pacific region for 70 years. The CGRA and SPC Conference in Noumea in July therefore took on a specific significance, as Pacific leaders...

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“Fish is the cornerstone of food security in the Pacific region.”

Coastal Fisheries – Our Livelihoods, Our Future This dramatic statement was part of the 2011 SPC report ‘Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change’. That publication highlighted the importance of Pacific fisheries to the world and emphasised the absolutely fundamental role of fish for the people in the region. The numbers in the report are staggering, “The average annual consumption of fish (including shellfish) by coastal rural populations ranges from 30-118 kg per person in Melanesia, 62-115 kg in Micronesia, and 50-146kg in Polynesia.  Even in urban centres, fish consumption usually greatly exceeds the global average...

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Smart policy starts with good data

As the principal scientific and research organization for the Pacific region, big data, numbers and statistics are at the heart of our work. SPC strives to promote and provide the very best evidence based research for the benefit of our members and partners.  We were therefore, delighted have hosted the 5th Heads of Planning and Statistics (HOPS) meeting this week in Noumea with close to 100 participants from member states, development partners and other stakeholders. The HOPS meeting is the most important forum for senior statisticians and planners from member states to discuss the challenges of providing statistical services...

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Rendez-vous in Rome

A view of St Peter’s Square at the Vatican City. Photo by DAVID ILIFF The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) is taking this week, bringing climate change issues to the forefront of global debates and discussions. With Fiji as the incoming COP President, Pacific leaders have a rare opportunity to highlight our experiences and showcase the innovative research and activities that are taking place across our region. As part of this effort, I was privileged and honoured to join a group of Pacific leaders at the Vatican in Rome...

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The ‘hidden’ health danger of climate change

Climate change is no longer a matter of theoretical debate. Its most visible impacts are already taking place across the globe, with changing weather patterns affecting the lives of billions. While climate change discussion tends to revolve around large-scale storms and floods, there are other, less visible, changes taking place in our environment – changes that, in the long term, could prove to be more of a threat than any storm. Last week I was part of a discussion about one of these ‘hidden’ threats: the impact climate change is having on global health. This was not a debate...

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