Utilising Senile Coconut Palm Stems in the Pacific

cocowood-veneerAlmost every literature written on coconuts declares it as the “tree-of-life” and rightly so, since almost every part of this amazing palm can be used, from the nuts, fronds, stems to the roots.

SPC makes substantial progress in reducing its carbon footprint

Tuesday 26 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea

Green-Gaz-ReductionIn late 2012, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) adopted a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below its 2011 level by the end of 2016. The annual greenhouse gas monitoring report has revealed that SPC made substantive progress towards achieving this target during the first year of its emissions reduction programme. In total, the organisation’s carbon footprint was reduced by approximately 12% (equivalent to more than 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year), even though the organisation continued to grow in the level of programme activity and number of staff since 2011, the base year against which the organisation is measuring its emission reduction achievements. When viewed on an emissions per staff member basis, emissions were reduced by 18.6%, which is a significant achievement.

Samoa leads call to offset carbon for SIDS meeting

POETComSamoa is calling for citizens around the world to help offset carbon emissions as a result of the largest global meeting to be held in the Pacific Islands. The Offset Islands 2014 campaign aims to counter carbon generated from the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States in September. It is being led by Women in Business Development Inc and has received the backing from Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Construction begins on coastal protection measures in Tonga

Friday 22 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Tonga 

building-coastal-protectionA ground-breaking ceremony was held in the community of Talafo’ou in eastern Tongatapu on 15 August to celebrate the beginning of a project that will contribute to protecting vulnerable coastal communities (Talafo’ou, Manuka, Makaunga, Kolonga, Navutoka and Nukuleka) from the impacts of climate change, especially sea-level rise. Interventions in these coastal communities have been prioritised under Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, 2010–2015. This coastal protection project is part of the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA:PSIS) project funded with EUR 11.4 million by the European Union. It is implemented regionally by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and nationally by each of the participating governments.


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