SPC Geoscience Division


Geoscience for Development

Water and Sanitation

Disaster Reduction

Provides applied ocean, island and coastal geoscience services to support countries to govern and develop their natural resources, increase their resilience to hazards and facilitates data-based approaches to adaptation. Provides technical support through capacity building, awareness and advocacy related to the management of water resources and the provision of water supply and sanitation services. Provides technical support to strengthen disaster risk management practices.

Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical agency supporting development in the Pacific, proudly owned and governed by its 26 members including all 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.


International Women’s Day – Rural women are defining Pacific Resilience

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International Women's Day

7 Mar 2018 | Suva

“Despite the myriad challenges they face, rural women are helping define Pacific resilience today,” said The Pacific Community (SPC) Director-General Dr Colin Tukuitonga on the eve of International Women’s Day. “Like their counterparts around the world, rural women in the Pacific Islands region certainly do not have it easy. They often lack  access to basic services and infrastructure such as water and sanitation, electricity, health and education. They are more at risk of domestic violence and unwanted pregnancies than women in urban areas. Rural women are also more exposed to the adverse impacts of climate change like cyclones and droughts,” Dr Tukuitonga said.



Samoa to strengthen emergency management capability with qualified fire investigators

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Strengthen emergency Management capability

23 Feb 2018 | Suva

Following an audit of the Samoa Fire & Emergency Services Authority this week, the Island nation will take steps to increase its emergency management capability with the introduction of qualified fire investigators. The representative selected to become Samoa’s first detailed investigator will travel to Melbourne in April 2018 to train with the highly skilled Melbourne Fire Brigade’s (MFB) Fire Investigation & Analysis (FIA) team. The investigator will return to Samoa by June 2018 to support Samoa’s Fire and Emergency Services Authority (SFESA) efforts of increasing the investigation skills of colleagues in Samoa. Up to four Fire and Emergency Services personnel are expected to receive training, creating the first qualified fire investigation team in Samoa.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 12:40

Launch of Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre in the Pacific establishes ‘centre of excellence’ for the region

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MTCC Launch

13 Dec 2017 | Lami

A landmark event for the Pacific region took place today with the launch of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre in the Pacific (MTCC-Pacific). The MTCC-Pacific will become part of a global network, joining centres in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Together, these centres will develop and promote low-carbon maritime transport systems in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The MTCC-Pacific will be based in Fiji and hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:09

Tukuraki Village relocates to new site, post land-slide disaster

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Village relocates to new site

26 Oct 2017 | Tukuraki

After more than 5 years of living in temporary housing, the community of Tukuraki in the highlands of Fiji are today celebrating as they move into their newly built, disaster resilient village.  The Tukuraki community was devastated in 2012 as a landslide buried 80% of their village and tragically took the lives of a young family including a toddler and young baby.

The community were forced to relocate to temporary homes as they were at risk of further landslides and in the midst of recovering from the landslide, the community was hit by Cyclone Evan only 10 months later.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:11

Fiji completes refurbishment of third Emergency Operations Centre

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Tavua District Emergency Operations Centre

2 Mar 2018 | Tavua

The newly refurbished Tavua District Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was opened today by the Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management, and Meteorological Services, Honourable Joweli Cawaki. This is the third emergency operations center refurbished in Fiji funded by the European Union through the Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) Project. This government led activity, supported by the BSRP Project aims to incease disaster preparedness through improving communication during disaster season. The EOC refurbishment cost $FJD75,917 which also included the equipment installed in the new faciltity.



Pacific Islands Emergency Services strengthened through partnership

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PIEMA Strengthens patnership

9 Jan 2018 | Suva

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) donated lifesaving equipment to support emergency management services in Pacific this month. The Pacific Community (SPC) and Pacific Islands Emergency Management Alliance (PIEMA) facilitated this handover.

Fiji is the first of five countries to receive the donated equipment valued at AUD 350,000 which included lifesaving devices such as defibrillators, neck collars, backboards and scoop stretchers and are said to significantly improve emergency services.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:07

2018 Tide Prediction Calendars Released

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2018 tide prediction calendar

11 Dec 2017 | Suva

More than 1,800 Tide Prediction Calendars for 20 Pacific locations were distributed this week to National Meteorological Service offices, port authorities and other key ocean stakeholders around the region.

These annual calendars are a popular product of the Australian-funded Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) and are designed and produced in the region by the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Ocean Intelligence Unit.

Users of the tide calendar range from local fishermen and tourism operators, to private sector shipping companies and government agencies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:08

Strengthening disease surveillance and response in Tuvalu

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Strengthening disease

17 Oct 2017 | Funafuti

This week fifteen health workers from Tuvalu began the first of five modules for the Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE), a capacity development programme delivered by the Pacific Community (SPC) together with partners from the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), including the World Health Organization and Hunter New England Local Health District in Australia.

During the training, participants will learn about the key requisites of a functional surveillance system and will perform self-assessments of the national surveillance systems in which they are involved.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:08
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Cook Islands is the first Pacific nation to complete negotiations with its neighbours on its maritime boundaries.

But it has taken several years to conclude the border treaties with states like Kiribati Niue and Tokelau and involved working closely with Geoscience Australia and the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

Listen to the full interview

Speaker: Vaipo Mataora, Technical Adviser, Maritime Boundaries Project, Cook Islands

Source: Radio Australia, 27th March, 2014