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SPC Raises Water and Energy Awareness In Pacific Island Schools

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Friday 23 May 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji - The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Economic Development Division (EDD) and Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (AGTD) recently collaborated to coordinate a regional poster competition as a way to raise awareness about water and energy.

The theme of the competition was ‘Save Water, Save Energy for the Pacific’, and invitations were sent out to all water and energy focal points in the Pacific region.

An overwhelming 200 entries were received, with Sipili Samisoni from Jai Narayan College, Fiji winning the first prize of USD 500. The second prize (USD 300) went to Kelera Yabakivou and John Sito of Lautoka Primary School, Fiji, and the third prize (USD 250) was awarded to Flornie Romblon Malinao from Niue High School.

An ecstatic Sipili, who did not expect to win, said he was encouraged to take part by his mother, someone he says has been his source of inspiration and strength.

The 15 year-old Suva student said, ‘Water is something that is very important, we save water, we save energy. I think all Pacific Islanders should start thinking about conserving water since it’s a valuable resource.’

The competition was organised as one of many activities to commemorate World Water Day, 22 March. This year’s theme was ‘Water and Energy’. Aside from the competition, AGTD ‘s Water and Sanitation Programme also developed posters and stickers that were sent out to all Pacific Island countries and territories.  National events were celebrated in some countries, including Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands.

Water and energy are closely interlinked, energy generation and transmission requires utilisation of water resources. Energy is needed to pump, treat and distribute water to Pacific households; water is also an important energy source in several Pacific Island countries, where the energy of rivers and streams is harnessed by hydro-electric facilities at the municipal, village and even household scale.

The prizes were sponsored by EDD’s Energy Programme through funding from the Australian government.

For more information, contact Caroline Tupoulahi-Fusimalohi, Research & Information Adviser, EDD, SPC, Suva, Fiji (Tel.: +679 3379 281; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
or Zhiyad Khan, Communications and Media Liaison, Economic Development Division, SPC, Suva, Fiji, (Tel: +679 337 9349 ; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
Photo caption:  The first prize winner, Jai Narayan College’s Sipili Samisoni with his winning poster.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 14:13  


18/06/2012 - Brazil By: Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Rio de Janeiro

It’s been suggested that Pacific Island Countries and territories wishing to make use of resources on the deep seafloor for economic returns need to adopt a "precautionary approach".

This can simply be interpreted as "in any development where there are threats of serious harm to the marine environment, the lack of full scientific data shall not be used as a reason for postponing that development", said Dr Russell Howorth, director of SOPAC Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

But, that particular development, he added should use cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.

The ‘precautionary approach’ has been in existence in Rio principle 15 for 20 years but hardly used in the context of bringing the economic benefits of the resources of Pacific islanders to improve their livelihoods, said Dr Howorth while addressing Oceans Day at the Rio +20 conference here in Rio de Janeiro.