Fiji’s Muanaira Womens Group sees promise in pilot mangrove oyster farm

It’s hard work walking over sharp shells in the mud, reaching in amongst dense mangrove roots and chipping off oysters. But members of Muanaira Womens Group have been doing this work for years, harvesting the oysters that cling to the roots of mangroves in the Rewa delta and dragging them back in buckets to be sorted and prepared. Oysters here are a key part of life, used for consumption, for traditional purposes, and as a source of income when sold in Suva market as shelled oyster meat.

Adapting a Pacific approach to monitoring evaluation and learning

Adapting a Pacific approach to monitoring evaluation and learning

Representatives from around the region are convening this week to lay the groundwork toward establishing a Pacific-centred and owned approach to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) to enhance development effectiveness for the region.

A key part of this convening, is the emphasis on the methodology for which this gathering is being organised and facilitated.

Palau and Tonga win prestigious Energy Globe Award

The Pacific Community’s Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS),  funded by the European Union (EU) was the proud recipient of the 2019 Energy Globe Award, recognised for its outstanding work and contribution towards advancing peer to peer learning in climate change adaptation among Pacific communities. With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually, the Energy Globe Award, also known as World Awards for Sustainability and Nature’s Nobel Prize, is one of the most prestigious environmental awards worldwide.

Pacific Community’s 49th CRGA and 11th Conference concludes with call for increased investment in ocean science

At the Pacific Community’s 49th meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) and 11th Conference, SPC members agreed to expand the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS), promote the Pacific Data Hub, and call for donors and partners to make a greater investment in scientific research into the impacts of changing climate on our oceans.

 What an ocean scientist looks like

Imagine a scientist.

Go ahead, humor me. What does your scientist look like?

Lab coat? Check. Test tube? Check. Snorkle?...... in the Pacific Islands, you better believe it.

Now, return to that image of a scientist. Did you imagine a man or a woman?

Around the globe, less than 30 percent of research scientists are women. According to UNESCO data (2014-2016), only around 30 percent of all female students select science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related fields when they pursue higher education.

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