SPC Geoscience Division

SPC GEOSCIENCE PROGRAMMES

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.

Secretariat of the 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.


 

 

Surveys bring new hope for drought stricken communities

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Survey brings new hope

19 Jul 2017 | Suva

People residing in two drought-prone sugarcane areas on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, are a step closer to accessing more reliable water supplies, following the recent completion of Hydrogeological surveys. The surveys, conducted by a Water Resources team from the Pacific Community’s Geoscience Division have mapped new sources of underground water in Qerelevu (Ba) and Nanuku-Wailevu (Ra).

The initiative, funded by the European Union and implemented through the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Micro Projects Programme, was carried out near a number of communities who are yet to be connected to the Water Authority of Fiji network and have a history of water shortages.

 

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Pacific Community Hosts French Polynesian Minister

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Pacific Community hosts Minister

4 Jul 2017 | Suva

The Pacific Community (SPC) was honoured to host French Polynesia’s Minister for Primary Resources and Development, Mr Tearii O Te Moana Alpha, at its Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) facility in Narere earlier this week.

CePaCT is the Pacific’s only internationally recognised gene bank and houses over 2,000 tissue culture varieties, including the largest collection of taro diversity in the world.

Over the past 12 years, the Centre has distributed over 70,000 tissue culture plantlets to 51 countries including 22 of SPC’s own countries and territories. SPC through CePaCT, responded to support the Agriculture sector in Fiji and Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Winston and Tropical Cyclone Pam in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

 

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Pacific Community and World Food Programme strengthen cooperation

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Pacific Community Strengthen cooperation

29 Jun 2017 | Suva

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed an agreement that aims to increase the effectiveness of their service in assisting Pacific Island countries and territories in achieving their resilience building and development aspirations.

The four-year partnership was signed this week between SPC’s Deputy Director-General, Dr Audrey Aumua and Mr Anthony Freeman, WFP Pacific’s Officer in Charge.

“SPC is delighted to be working more closely with the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (rPFSC) to support the Pacific’s efforts in building capacities to better prepare for, and respond to external shocks and to strengthen resilience of the most vulnerable in the face of Climate Change and other crises.   This agreement reflects the resolve of our respective organisations to draw on each other’s expertise, competencies and resources for the benefit of Pacific Islands people,” Dr Aumua said.

 

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Tuvalu benefits from new Tide Gauge

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Tuvalu benefits

29 May 2017 | Funafuti

Tuvalu can now boast of housing a state-of-the-art Tide Gauge facility which will provide high quality sea level, climate and geodetic information that will assist with better planning and preparedness.

This new tide gauge was officially opened today by the Tuvalu Minister for Communication & Transport, Hon. Monise Laafai with support from the Australian Government and the Pacific Community (SPC).

 

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Value chain workshop to propel growing coconut industry in the Pacific

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Value chain workshop

10 Jul 2017 | Nadi

A workshop aimed at improving the coconut industry in the Pacific will be held in Nadi this week involving over 50 stakeholders from around the region and experts from South East Asia and the Caribbean.

Local farmers, regional traders, farmer cooperatives, non-governmental organisations, industry consultants, and representatives from key trading partners and actors from all levels of the industry will come together for the three-day workshop from 11-13 July.

 

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Specialists from atoll nations gather in Tarawa to talk water security

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Specialists from atoll nations

 

30 Jun 2017 | Tarawa

Technical officers from different Pacific atolls met in Kiribati for an intensive week of training and knowledge sharing to improve their capacity to support the water security of vulnerable island communities.

The one-week Atoll Water Security Workshop was convened by the Pacific Community (SPC) in South Tarawa, an urban atoll community all too familiar with the impacts of climate variability on household water security.

 

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Upskilling Vanuatu health workers with epidemiology training

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upskilling Vanuatu health workers

19 Jun 2017 | Port-Vila

Twenty two Ni-Vanuatu health workers are undertaking another week-long training module on epidemiology in Port-Vila this week (19-24 June).

This is the third of five training modules of the Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE) programme implemented in Vanuatu by the Pacific Community (SPC).

Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health that studies the patterns, causes and effects of health conditions in populations.

 

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Solomon Islands Releases Performance Assessment Report

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Solomon Islands Release

12 May 2017 | Honiara

The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) will release a Performance Assessment Report that informs its National Education Action Plan 2016 – 2020.

The Pacific Community (SPC) technical support assisted developing the Performance Assessment Report (PAR) in late 2016. This work was done through SPC’s Education Management Information System Systems (EMIS) support facility of the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP), which is supported by the Australian Government.

 

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Newsflash

‘In country training is just what we need’

‘Cost benefit analysis is essential to make sure we do not waste government and donors' money,’ said Mr Terieta Mwemwenikeaki, Deputy Secretary of Office of the President, at a national workshop today.

The workshop, which is being delivered by SPC, SPREP and GIZ, is intended to guide government officers in how to do and use cost benefit analysis (CBA) in projects affected by climate change.

‘The workshop was originally requested by Fisheries to help guide which projects they should support,’ observed Mr Mwemwenikeaki. ‘However, this tool is useful to provide an evidence base to make the most of all our policies and projects.’

Mrs Kurinati Robuti from the office of National Economic Planning Office (NEPO) said, ‘NEPO is supposed to carry out a detailed CBA where necessary but often this does not happen since we have limited know-how about to undertake this.  We are grateful for this initiative.’

Marita Manley, Technical Adviser, Climate Change (GIZ) said that staff attending the workshop have been very enthusiastic. ‘The Government of Kiribati already has a national project appraisal template with a section on describing the costs and benefits of projects but it faces constraints in applying it. During the training, participants have already been discussing how to apply cost benefit analysis as a framework to help improve decision making and the quality of projects.’