Tonga’s first State of Environment Report launched on World Environment Day

Nuku’alofa – June 5, 2020: 12.30pm (Enviro News): The Prime Minster, Honourable Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, had today launched Tonga’s first ever State of Environment Report on the closing of the week-long commemoration of World Environment Day in Cabinet, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. World Environment Day is a yearly event organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and is Read More …

Dr Katy Soapi – the Innovator Protecting our Oceans in Solomon Islands

Honiara, SOLOMONS – June 4, 2020: 4.20pm (WORLD BANK): Dr Katy Soapi’s work researching marine Genetic Resources has played an important role in ongoing United Nations negotiations over the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Dr Katy is also one of the founders of the Tetepare Descendants’ Association Read More …

Coral mapping technology to accelerate reef restoration and protection

London, UNITED KINGDOM – June 1, 2020: 9.10pm (Commonwealth Media): The Commonwealth Secretariat is joining forces with Vulcan Inc. to help member countries manage their ocean spaces via cutting-edge mapping technology.  Commonwealth countries are responsible for more than a third of the world’s coastal ocean, and 45 percent of its coral reefs.  The new tool will use satellite technology to create country-specific data and Read More …

Red algae threaten mangroves

Nuku’alofa – May 27, 2020: 4.45pm (Enviro News): Red algae have now been found to be affecting the growth of mangroves around Tongatapu. A team from the Department of Environment and MORDI Tonga have reported this following inspections carried out this week in areas around the main island. This included the mangrove plantations in Sopu, Read More …

Fiji’s ocean waters generate $2.5billion, full control of EEZ by 2030

Suva, FIJI – May 21, 2020 (FIJI TIMES): Fiji’s ocean resources generate about $2.5 billion (US$1.1 billion) worth of economic activity annually, according to the recently-released National Ocean Policy. The policy, prepared using data from a 2014 Marine Ecosystem Service Valuation report, said marine-related tourism contributed about $1.2 billion (US$531 million) to the national economy Read More …

Mangroves listing being done

Nuku’alofa – May 12, 2020: 10.15am (Enviro News): There is a need to address land issues affecting mangroves plantations around the Kingdom, to ensure that mangroves are protected. That is one of the recommendations given by the Terrestrial and Mangroves team that conducted surveys in line with efforts to list local mangroves under the Red Read More …