SPC Geoscience Division

South-south sustainable energy exchange calls for strengthened networking and coordination

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South-South sustainable energy exchange

13 Oct 2017 | Suva

Twenty private sector energy businesses from around the Pacific region took part in a week long South-South capacity building and knowledge exchange program from 2 to 6 October Suva, Fiji. Participants explored opportunities to expand their business models and heard how the newly established Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) could provide them with on-going support in networking and coordination efforts.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:10

SPC and UN Strengthen Cooperation

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SPC and UN strengthen coporation


2 Oct 2017 | Suva

Senior leaders from United Nations (UN) agencies and the Pacific Community (SPC) gathered in Suva, Fiji last week to discuss opportunities for deepening cooperation and strengthening coordination of their respective work aimed at helping countries of the Pacific to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals.  The meeting served to identify synergies between SPC’s priority areas and UN’s priority areas under the new United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS). These areas of synergies include Climate Change, Disaster Resilience and Environmental Protection; Gender Equality; Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Empowerment; Equitable Basic Services (covering Health, Education and Social Protection); Governance and Community Engagement; and Human Rights. Data for development, as a cross-cutting topic, is additionally of high priority and interest for both SPC and the UN.


Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2017 13:27

Youth raise awareness on Non-communicable Diseases workshop in Noumea

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Youth raise awareness on Non-communicable Diseases

23 Aug 2017 | Noumea

Youth from Pacific Island countries and territories have gathered in Noumea, New Caledonia this week for a five-day media and communications training on Noncommunicable Diseases (NDCs). The training organized by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji with funding support from the Fond Pacific (France), developed the competence of youth groups from the Pacific ranging from 15-25 years old.

Young people from Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, French Polynesia and New Caledonia were selected through a competitive process requiring them to submit film project ideas about NCDs. This week’s workshop provided an opportunity for each group to refine their stories ideas and provide some guidance on promotion and marketing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:38

Pacific commits to greater collaboration in improving the science of floods and drought

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Pacific commits to greater collaboration

18 Aug 2017 | Honiara

Regional collaboration is essential to managing the impacts of droughts and floods across the Pacific.

This was the finding of the Fourth Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-4) this week, as it took a step towards the better management of floods and droughts through the establishment of a regional expert panel on hydrology.

Hydrology is the branch of science concerned with the behaviour and movement of the earth’s fresh water, and an understanding of hydrological processes is essential in managing the droughts and floods that regularly impact on the health and livelihoods of Pacific communities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:38

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.



Dr Andrew Jones, Director Geoscience, Energy and Maritime

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Dr Andrew Jones, Director Geoscience

24 Aug 2017 | Noumea

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Andrew Jones as the Director of Geoscience, Energy and Maritime at the Pacific Community (SPC). His appointment will formally take effect on 11 September 2017.

Andrew holds a PHD and BSc in Earth Sciences from The University of Queensland.

Andrew has 17 years of experience working with extractives and development teams of Geoscience Australia. He was engaged in senior management roles the majority of that time, which included planning, managing and delivering more than a dozen donor-funded projects on behalf of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and foreign governments; and also developed and managed an extensive stakeholder network at senior levels across multiple regional government agencies and with multilaterals such as the UN and World Bank.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2017 13:54

SPC Focusses on 7 PICs to Strengthen Maritime Boundaries in the Region

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SPC focuses on 7 PICs to strengthen Maritime Boundaries

21 Aug 2017 | Suva

The Pacific Community (SPC) aims to focus on 7 Pacific Island Countries (PICs), who have yet to negotiate their portions of the maritime boundaries, over the next five years.

Currently, SPC provides technical advice and support to 14 PICs that enable them to formalise their maritime boundaries through treaties. This contributes towards securing ocean resources for PICs and ensures their peaceful coexistence.

The technical work provided by SPC includes the delineation of territorial seas (12M), contiguous zone (24M) and Exclusive Economic Zone (200M) limit using accurately defined territorial sea baselines based on hydrographic charts, topographical maps, satellite images, and geodetic surveys.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:38

Pacific Community leadership concludes ‘eye opening’ training program sponsored by the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP)

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Pacific Community leadership concludes eye opening

16 Aug 2017 | Suva

Recognising individual achievements and investing in staff and human resources to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the Pacific people is a priority for the Pacific Community (SPC) and seen as a key to achieving the objectives of the organizations strategic plan.

To this end, the Pacific Community embarked on a two-phase leadership course, sponsored by the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP).  SCP was pleased to support this endeavour as human resource development lies at the heart of the SCP.  Conducted in two phases starting in June 2017 20 Pacific Community Divisional Directors, Deputy Directors and Senior Management, along with a senior staff member from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), took part in the Introduction to Management, Leadership and Human Resource Strategy training program. This program focused on leading and coordinating large teams of individuals who are spread out across the region and diverse in cultures, traditions and social backgrounds. The SCP engaged the Singapore’s Civil Service College, to provide the intense training for SPC staff, which ended on 10th August 2017 at the Novotel Convention Center in Suva, Fiji.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:38

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.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:56

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Disaster risk management and damage assessment: a training session for those working in those areas in New Caledonia

A disaster risk management and damage assessment training session is being held this week at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Headquarters in Noumea.  It is being run by SPC trainers who are disaster risk specialists and by civil safety officials from Vanuatu and Fiji.

This training programme responds to a request from the New Caledonian Government and is comes within the framework of the French Government’s transfer of powers for the civil protection area to New Caledonian authorities. It is designed to build knowledge about risk prevention/mitigation and post-disaster response.  It also provides a window onto the disaster risk management models that exist in other countries in the region.

Funded by The Asia Foundation and USAID (with the support of the European Union for the session in New Caledonia), over the past 15 years this training course has been held in 14 Pacific countries and territories with more than 7000 participants. The region faces many hazards such as tropical cyclones, flooding and tsunamis, which are often devastating and costly for the Pacific islands, so this training course helps ensure improved disaster risk management.

For further information, please contact: Jean-Noël Royer, SPC Assistant Communications Officer: [email protected], tel. (direct line) 26 01 71: [email protected]