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Vanuatu to host first Pacific Week of Agriculture
Vanuatu is expecting up to 200 delegates once the country hosts the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) from 16 to 20 October 2017. The figure has been revealed by organizers in Port Vila who are optimistic PWA, which will combine for the first time, two key regional agriculture meetings – the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting organized by the Pacific Community or SPC, and the Ministers of Agriculture...
Palau hosts subregional meeting on the FAO Port State Measures Agreement to fight illicit fishing
The Palau capital plays host this week to the first subregional meeting in the pacific on the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.  The workshop has been jointly organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Tourism and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The world’s first treaty designed to combat illegal fishing went into effect almost...
Boerma Award celebrated in Samoa
17.08.2017 Apia, Samoa
Boerma Award celebrated in Samoa
FAO Subregional Office in Samoa celebrated the achievement of the editor of the Samoa Observer Newspaper, Mr Mata’afa Keni Lesa, in receiving the FAO A.H Boerma award. This is the first that the prestigious award was given to a journalist from the Pacific region. Mr Lesa traveled to Rome to receive the award from the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva at a special ceremony held during the annual FAO...
Fisheries in Samoa receive boost
17.08.2017 Apia, Samoa
Fisheries in Samoa receive boost
The development of the Fisheries sector in Samoa received a boost with the launching of four major initiatives. Speaking at the launch which took place in July, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr Leuatea Schmidt highlighted the challenges that face the industry. “The challenges include increasing monitoring in an effort to reduce uncontrolled fishing on the high seas and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing operations that have an impact on...
Biodiversity conservation and protected area management course on offer in Fiji
The Forest and Protected Area Management project (FPAM) is assisting the Fiji Ministry for Forestry Fiji through the Forestry Training Centre (FTC) with the development of a new tailored short term courses for Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Management. The Fiji Forestry Training Centre, which is part of the Ministry of Forests is located on the outskirts of Suva in Fiji. The tailored training targets different types of organizations and groups...
Niue Showcases its Biodiversity
By Run
05.07.2017 Huvalu, Niue
Niue Showcases its Biodiversity
A new eco-tourism initiative showcasing the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area has just been launched in Niue, with the aim of informing, educating and exciting both visitors and locals on the importance of Niue’s forests in sustaining the island’s ecosystems, culture, and biodiversity conservation. The forest area covers almost a quarter of the South Pacific nation, and is located in one of the world’s 34 ‘biodiversity hotspots’, where some of the most...
FAO Video: Community-based fisheries management - Fishing voices from the Pacific
A video has been produced documenting the voices of fishing communities and stakeholders in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.  In the largest ocean in the world, the people of the Pacific face growing threats to their marine resources due to growing populations, overfishing, pollution, and climate change. Over half of the Pacific island population rely on coastal fisheries as the main source of food and income. With the support of fisheries...
New conservation areas set up in Samoa
Two new rainforest Community Conservation Areas (CCAs) were officially opened recently on the island of Savai’i in Samoa. The CCAs were developed in partnership between the village communities, the Samoa Conservation Society, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Forestry. The CCAs are part of the continued Forest Protected Area Management project which is implemented by FAO and funded by the Global Environment Facility. Community Conservation Areas are an...
Solomon Islands’ fish exporters get a boost with new project
A new project, supported by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and led by the FAO, is going to give fish exporters in the Solomon Islands an added boost to access the EU market. Solomon Islands’ fish exporters stand to benefit under a new project going live supported by the STDF – a global partnership on safe trade. FAO is one of STDF’s founding partners, alongside the World Bank, OIE,...
Long road leads fisheries consultant back to Samoa
FAO reviews community based fisheries management in villages
05.06.2017 Apia, Samoa
Long road leads fisheries consultant back to Samoa
Fisheries consultant Mike King revisits Samoa to review a project he headed in 1995 to improve fisheries management in villages. Samoa’s community-based fisheries management programme was introduced in 1995. The programme was implemented to address declining marine resources which raised concerns and the need for a new approach to coastal fisheries management. It built on the strengths of the communities working through the village councils as the primary leaders of change. Australian...