SPC hosts meeting on strategies to improve pesticide management in the Pacific region

Thursday 18 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva

PesticidesPacific Island countries need strong legislation and legal frameworks to regulate the import, distribution and management of chemical pesticides. Additionally, a harmonised regional pesticide registration system is being advocated. These were two of the issues discussed at a regional workshop to review the management of pesticides in the Pacific region. The workshop, held 10–12 September 2014, at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Regional Office in Suva, Fiji, brought together key regional and national stakeholders to promote working together and increasing the capacity to implement the objectives of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) for sustainable agriculture.

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Trochus – a new coastal fisheries resource for Samoa

Trochus-SamoaSamoa is the latest country to successfully develop a new trochus (Tectus niloticus) fishery. On learning of the successful introduction of the species in Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands and French Polynesia, the Government of Samoa began its effort to introduce the species in the 1990s. Despite some initial losses, introductions in 2003 and 2006 of stocks from Fiji and Vanuatu have succeeded. Assessments conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Samoa Fisheries Division in June 2014 (led by SPC Fisheries Scientist Kalo Pakoa) recovered good numbers of live shells on the reefs of Upolu Island from Fangaloa Bay in the south all the way to Manono in the north.

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SPC trains Fiji paravets

Tuesday 23 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva 

Blood-sampling-in-sheepAnimal diseases and lack of proper livestock production management skills are major constraints to livestock production and food security in the region. These matters need urgent attention, as they can affect farmers’ productivity, income and health. With the continuing lack of qualified veterinarians in the region, including in Fiji, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), has developed a distance education paravet training course – the SPC Introductory Paravet Training Course. This course is designed for animal health and production workers in the field who are first contacts to farmers needing assistance.

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Energy efficiency and renewable energy in the tourism sector

Monday 22 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

SPTO-GIZ-CCCPIRThe South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) says it intends to investigate renewable energy and associated technologies for the Pacific tourism sector in the next three to five years.

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