Green Climate Fund approves US$23.92 million for Tonga Coastal Resilience Project

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has approved a US$22.66 million grant for Tonga’s Coastal Resilience Project, supplemented by US$1.2 million in co-financing from the Government of Tonga and US$63,000 from the UN

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Wokbaot Wetem Kalja: Culture and Disaster Management in Vanuatu

“Climate displacement of populations is the main feature of our future. We have to be ready for it and plan for it now.” So said Vanuatu’s Minister for Climate Change, Ralph Regenvanu, when he took office in2022.

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Parametric insurance industry off to a rough start in Vanuatu

Two insurance companies have exited Vanuatu, impacting beneficiaries and the burgeoning parametric insurance industry. Noeline W. Viro of the Insurance Supervision Unit of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu, says that while

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Rufino Varea appointed PICAN Regional Director

Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) has appointed Rufino Varea as its new Regional Director. Hailing from Oinafa Village in Rotuma, Rufino Varea brings extensive experience in marine ecotoxicology and

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Pacific Islands Forum calls for global support at SIDS4 Conference

Head of delegation for the Pacific Islands Forum, Sione Tekiteki has addressed the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States(SIDS4) in Antigua and Barbuda, highlighting the resilience and

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Australian Foreign minister Wong to lead bipartisan trip to Tuvalu

Australian Foreign minister Penny Wong and opposition counterpart Simon Birmingham will travel to Tuvalu for talks on security and climate change.  The foreign minister will lead the second bipartisan Pacific visit of

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Capsizing of Tuvalu boat carrying vaccines highlights climate change challenges, UNICEF says

The capsizing of a boat carrying childhood vaccines and health workers in Tuvalu underscored the challenges of healthcare in remote Pacific Islands as they battle extreme weather caused by climate change, the UN

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Protecting tourism’s biggest drawcard

Pacific Island nations have joined a landmark collaboration aimed at ensuring marine-based tourism adds to, rather than undermines, conservation efforts. The initiative to develop Pacific Marine Tourism Guidelines and

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Pressure builds at IMO meet for charge on global shipping sector’s CO2 emissions

The European Union, Canada, Japan, and climate-vulnerable Pacific Island states are among 47 countries rallying support for a charge on the international shipping sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, documents reviewed

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Pacific youth to #SwipeUp4Change

Young climate activists and content creators from the Pacific are taking steps to harness the power of social media to further drive climate action in the region. Twenty young people are in Suva for a week-long workshop

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ICJ grants Parties to the Nauru Agreement participation in Climate Change advisory proceedings

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has granted authorisation to the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office (PNAO) to participate in advisory proceedings concerning the Obligations of States in respect of Climate

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Hawaii poised to slap tourists with $25 climate tax

Lawmakers in Hawaii are poised to approve a US$25 climate tax on tourists who visit the Aloha State in an effort to combat what they claim is an assault on the area’s natural resources. The state, which saw 9.5

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