Posted inStory / Fiji

100 canoes by Christmas: Fiji

SUVA, 28 May 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) — One hundred canoes by Christmas. That’s the aim of one of the Pacific’s most ambitious traditional boat building projects. Fiji’s Uto ni Yalo Trust is not only reviving ancient construction and navigation techniques, it’s also aiming to help remote villages ditch diesel, catch bigger fish and entice tourists […]

Posted inStory / Samoa

Samoa conference inspires action on boosting small states’ resilience to disasters

APIA, Samoa (April 25, 2019) — Samoa faced huge flooding in 2018 after torrential rain fell overnight, leaving a trail of destruction, 330 people evacuated and US$10 million of infrastructural damage. The lessons learned from this experience made Samoa a suitable location to host the fifth Commonwealth Global Biennial Conference on Small States under the […]

Posted inStory / Fiji

Fiji landowners hail rejection of Malolo project

MALOLO,10 APRIL 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) Villagers on Fiji’s Malolo have welcomed the cancellation of a Chinese resort project and are calling on the government to stop tourism expanding on the island. Fiji’s Environment Department has revoked Freesoul Real Estate’s Environment Impact Assessment approval, following substantial environmental damage to the island. The headman at Solevu Village […]

Posted inStory / Fiji

USP Journalism secures $US20k grant to boost environmental journalism

The Journalism Programme at The University of the South Pacific has won major recognition through a $US20,000 ($F42,617) grant in a boost for environmental reporting in the Pacific. The programme was one of 14 recipients of the competitive Internews/Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal media grants, 2019. The EJN sees the grant programme as […]

Posted inStory / Fiji

EJN Awards Grants to 14 Asian Organizations Focused on Expanding Access to Environmental Information

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network has selected 14 organizations as recipients of its annual media grants supported by our Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal projects. The competitive grant program is an opportunity for media, civil society organizations and academic institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific to think critically and creatively about how to build local resources for […]

Posted inStory / Papua New Guinea

Changing Climate, Changing Home

TIGAK ISLANDS, Papua New Guinea–The Pacific Islanders face some of the most dire consequences of rising seas—from flooding to disruptions on various islands, saltwater intrusion and the inevitable relocation of people from disappearing shorelines. They face similar challenges from the changing climate, yet these are exacerbated by their remoteness and smallness. In the atoll communities, […]

Posted inStory / Tonga

Saving Tongan Whistlers

Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Mount Talau on the island of Vava’u in Tonga, is a conservation area. It is also a favourite sight-seeing place for many – locals and tourists alike. Hovering over Neiafu town, the view from the top is majestic. One gets to see the Bay of Refuge and surrounding islands from the mountain […]