Islands Business May-June 2022 edition

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Is Lau the Next Galapagos?

A huge conservation effort that could be the South Pacific's answer to the wildlife park-island of Galapagos is gaining momentum in Fiji. Under the Lau Seascape initiative, nearly 336,000 square kilometres of land and

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Whispers

Lau in the spotlight A tug of war of mega proportions is underway in Suva’s corridors of power over an initiative by a group of islands in Fiji to preserve the largely pristine sea and land. Under their Lau Seascape

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Fiji’s tourism comeback

But concerns remain over Pacific-wide labour shortages Travellers now want authentic and immersive vacation experiences, an analyst from international consulting firm Twenty31, told the recent Fiji Tourism Expo. Oliver

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From Farm to Table to Memory

Hidden inside the golf course on Denarau is a burgeoning farm. Fiji National University graduate Shahil Ram has been managing the plot for the Marriott group for a year, and despite suffering a slight setback because of

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Unplugging at Namosi Eco Retreat

Sustainability was the buzzword at the Fiji Tourism Exchange, and some of the industry’s quiet pioneers were glad to hear it. “The only way to survive the pandemic was through sustainability. The only way

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Bleaching distress signal

Recently we heard that widespread coral bleaching has occurred on the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland for the fourth time in seven years. Scientists say the frequency of these bleaching events mean there’s

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Micro plastics, macro problem

An estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic are circulating in our oceans, and that figure is growing by the equivalent of one-truckload every minute, the United Nations Environment Program says. Plastic pollution was a

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A ‘Can Do’ Spirit For MSG and Melanesia

“In terms of the broad Melanesian Spearhead Group family, my intention is to re-institute the spirit of ‘can do’ that characterised the MSG when it was first formed in the 1980s.” That’s Leonard Louma, the new

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Tonga Rebuilds

“We gave the world a bit of a shake on the 15th of January this year,” Moana Kioa from Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office (NEMO)  told the Global Platform for Disaster Risk resilience in Indonesia

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ICT kept us together

The recent Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association’s (PITA) annual Business Forum & Expo 2022 was what PITA Vice President and CEO of Vodafone Cook Islands, Phil Henderson called “a bit of an

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An Umbilical Cord Between New Caledonia and Fiji

When the Gondwana 2 submarine cable linking New Caledonia and Fiji was landed in Suva last month, FINTEL CEO George Samisoni described it as an “umbilical cord” linking the Pacific. Samisoni said it took seven years

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