Posted inStory / Palau

Strengthening Palau’s disaster response and resilience to hazards

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in unison with the Government of Japan and the Government of Palau, are forging ahead to achieve long-term disaster and climate resilience for Palau, despite the challenges of COVID-19. UNDP’s Japan-funded Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience (EDCR) in Palau through Improved Disaster Preparedness and Infrastructure project, is partnering with […]

Posted inStory / Palau

Palau aims to become world’s first “Carbon neutral tourism destination”

The Palau Bureau of Tourism, Sustainable Travel International and Slow Food have launched a new project in Palau that aims to mitigate the tourism sector’s carbon footprint and establish Palau as the world’s first “Carbon neutral tourism destination.” The project is taking a destination-level approach that includes promoting local food production within tourism and developing […]

Posted inStory / Tonga

Tonga wants to ban single-use plastics

Tonga is looking at phasing out single-use plastics such as shopping bags, cutlery, straws and more starting next year, confirmed Director of Environment, Lupe Matoto. Lupe told a regional conference last week that in September last year, Cabinet started the process to ban single-use plastics. Work is currently underway with the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance, […]

Posted inStory / Niue

Fisheries Ministers express concerns over COVID-19 impacts

Fisheries Ministers from member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have expressed serious concern about the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their domestic economies. This was during the 17th FFC Ministers meeting last week. Ministers have expressed strengthened commitments to regional solidarity and collaboration as central to confronting the impacts […]