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The Pacific Community launches new information tools on sustainable fishing practices

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The Pacific Community launches new information tools on sustainable fishing practices camillem Thu, 11/28/2019 - 21:23

The Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the European Union (EU) is launching today a series of animated videos targeting the fishers, the schools and the general public with the objective of raising awareness on sustainable fishing practices.

The series, called “Fisher’s Tales” aims at disseminating informative and educational toolkits amongst coastal communities from the Pacific region and includes short animated videos compatible with mass media and social networks. The videos will provide information on the habitat, nutrition and behaviour of key marine species, including sea cucumber, as well as advice on how to use these resources in a sustainable way.

The series will be adapted into local languages and disseminated across the 15 beneficiary countries* that are part of the EU-Funded Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme. Funded by the EU and the Government of Sweden, the EUR 45 million PEUMP programme promotes sustainable management and sound ocean governance for food security and economic growth, while addressing climate change resilience and conservation of marine biodiversity. It follows a comprehensive approach, integrating issues related to oceanic fisheries, coastal fisheries, community development, marine conservation and capacity building under one single regional action.

The Pacific Community has long been supporting its member countries in deploying Community-based Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. This approach aims at equipping communities with technical information and advice on the fish species and habitats upon which they rely for food security and livelihoods. The overall objective is to see local communities taking a leading role in sustainable management of fisheries resources.

The Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner said, “In line with the regional strategy, the New Song for Coastal Fisheries – Pathway to Change, the EU has enhanced its focus and financial commitment to support coastal fisheries management. Raising awareness on sustainable fishing practices is a crucial step to promote productive and healthy ecosystems and fish stocks that ultimately contribute to improving wellbeing of coastal communities''.

 “The Pacific Community and its partners are putting emphasis on developing information tools specifically targeting communities, in line with guidelines and policies endorsed by the Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific (Pacific-ACP) countries.” said Neville Smith, Director of the Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division of the Pacific Community. 

*Pacific-ACP states that are part of the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Vanuatu.

Useful link:
To watch the first videos of the series.

Media contacts:
Toky Rasoloarimanana, Communications Officer, Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division, Pacific Community (SPC) | TokyR@spc.int or Tel: +687  89 93 94
Céline Muron, Coastal and Community Fisheries Information and Outreach Officer, PEUMP Programme, Pacific Community (SPC) | CelineM@spc.int

About the Pacific Community Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division:
The Regional Fisheries response have been part of SPC mandate for almost seventy years. The SPC Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division leads fisheries science and technical expertise in the Pacific region and supports the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories in oceanic fisheries, coastal fisheries and aquaculture. We are working in an area covering 28.2 million km² of ocean, with the support of over 35 international partners.

About the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme (PEUMP):
The Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme addresses some of the most serious challenges faced by Pacific countries. Among these are the increasing depletion of coastal fisheries resources; the threats to marine biodiversity, including negative impacts of climate change and disasters; the uneven contribution of oceanic fisheries to national economic development; the need for improved education and training; and the need to mainstream a rights-based approach and to promote greater recognition of gender issues to ensure inclusiveness and positive changes for Pacific island people.  The five-year PEUMP programme is funded by the European Union (EUR 35 million) and the government of Sweden (EUR 10 million). It is implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC), the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) in close collaboration with Non-Government Organisations and the national authorities.

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FIVB Course A Major Step for Budding Coaches

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Port Vila, Vanuatu, November 25, 2019 - The Vanuatu Volleyball Federation last week successfully delivered a five-day FIVB Beach Volleyball Coaching Course in Port Vila.
          

Vale Pauline Jensen 1952-2019

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Pauline Jensen
November 28, 2019

The life of Pauline Jensen, a co-convenor of Port Jackson branch of the Greens NSW, was celebrated in a moving funeral service at a packed Sydney chapel on November 25.

Greens MP Jamie Parker led the service and Aboriginal actor Rarriwuy Hick gave a moving Acknowledgement of Country. Pauline spent some of the last weeks of her life on Hick’s country at Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, with Aboriginal healers.

Pauline grew up as the youngest of four sisters in a working-class family in Nunawading, Melbourne. Her father built the family home and Pauline later used his tools to build a straw bale house on her land in Oallen, in regional New South Wales.

She was a product of the breakout of youth rebellion in the 1970s, living in one of the first share houses in Melbourne with Dermot, Simon and Livo, who became lifelong friends of Pauline.

One of her first volunteering activities was organising the first Down to Earth music festival with former Labor Left leader Jim Cairns and businesswoman Junie Morosi, near Canberra in 1976. Unfortunately, she had to be hospitalised the day before the festival started.

Pauline took up yoga and astrology as a system of beliefs and daily practice. Through this lifelong pursuit she collected many new yoga friends, in particular Sol and Vamana. If you stayed with Pauline, you would be invited to join her in a 5am exercise in breathing, stretching and meditation. Even if you were sceptical of the benefits, her insistence and enthusiasm brooked few refusals.

Pauline was a primary school teacher. One of her memorable teaching assignments was at Kalang, NSW, where a community of hippies had set up their own school. Carolyn, one of her first students, described at the funeral how she loved going to school as it was so exciting with excursions into the bushland and an emphasis on self-development and having fun.

Pauline spent three years teaching at a school in Kununurra, Western Australia, where she got to know Sarah. Pauline spent hundreds of hours preparing classes for the Aboriginal students, teaching them basic life skills and taking them on excursions to beautiful areas around the countryside, often accompanied by their grandmothers. Concern, empathy and the fight for justice for First Nations people were life-long aspects of Pauline’s character.

Pauline was an avid traveller, visiting Europe, Cuba and India many times, staying at ashrams and universities to learn as much as she could about yoga. Pauline completed a PhD at Sydney University on the benefits of yoga and meditation for troubled children.

Her final teaching job was at Balmain Public School, training students to value the environment, recycling, composting and worm farms. Adoring Balmain schoolchildren presented Pauline with a book of 100 drawings for her when they were told she was very ill.

Pauline was a loyal member of The Greens and played an active role in organising federal, state and local election campaigns. She did all the hard work, such as letter-boxing and hanging banners, not just the glamorous jobs, and was an expert in running difficult meetings.

She lived life to the full, taking one of the last camel tours through the desert, riding a pushbike over sand hills with her friend Paul, and volunteering on a farm on a tiny island in Vanuatu.

Her last accomplishment was building her straw bale house, a huge undertaking of five years that she had just finished and where she planned to live out her last years. It was not to be.

Surrounded by her friends, she died far too early of mesothelioma from an exposure to asbestos some 20 years ago.

She will be missed enormously, but lives on in the hearts and memories of many. A fighter for a better world and a moral and ethical voice for all injustices, Pauline taught us all how to live life well.

Pauline Jensen

          

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Solomon Islands farewells 13th Commissioner of Police    

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Outgoing Commissioner Varley hands over the 'sword' to the Acting Commissioner Mangau.


Solomon Islands has farewelled the 13th Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Matthew Varley, MBE during a ceremony at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara today (29 November 2019).

During the ceremony witnessed by the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi, Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare; Minister of Police, Hon. Anthony Veke; Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer as well as other dignitaries and senior RSIPF officers from Honiara and the provinces as well as ranks and files, outgoing Commissioner Varley handed the ‘sword’ over to Acting Commissioner of Police, Mostyn Mangau. 

H.E The Governor-General Sir David swore in the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mangau during a ceremony at Government House early today. A new Commissioner of Police to replace outgoing Commissioner Varley is yet to be announced.

In his final speech, which covered a wide range of issues including achievements during his three-year term, outgoing Commissioner Varley said: 

“It has been the greatest honour of my professional life to serve as your Commissioner since 25 January 2017. Since my appointment, I have had the privilege of working with many RSIPF officers and visiting most police stations, both in Honiara and the Provinces. 

And I have been proud to lead these great officers, and contribute in some small way, at such a momentous period in history for the Solomon Islands.

I have often said, that this police force is the NEW RSIPF. I say new because we believe that the RSIPF has been re-built from the ground up since the dark days of our history back in the Tension era of the early 2000’s.

Today, we are almost precisely two and a half years on from the end of RAMSI. But we in the RSIPF prefer not to reflect on to that period as the end of RAMSI. 

Rather we say that it marked the start of the new chapter in our history when our police force took back full responsibility for providing national security and law & order for the Solomon Islands. 

A new start.

And I am pleased to report that the RSIPF is in very good shape.

It is a well-trained, capable and effective organization, filled with talented officers who want to serve their nation, and led by committed and dedicated senior officers of integrity.  I believe the RSIPF is now the best Police Force in the Pacific.”

In the achievements of the RSIPF during his tenure, outgoing Commissioner Varley said:

“We’ve had the rearmament of the RSIPF specialist teams including the PRT and CPP. We’ve successfully implemented the Crime Prevention Strategy and are about to launch the second generation version for the next few years.

We’ve implemented more than 85% of the Capability Plan’s 170 objectives to keep building the organization in so many areas. We’ve added 133 police positions to grow to our largest ever strength of 1554, while recruiting more than 210 new constables.

We’ve launched the first-ever RSIPF Gender Strategy to improve the policing profession for women and recruited more women officers than ever before.

We’ve become a member of INTERPOL and are connected to international law enforcement. We’ve deployed officers to peacekeeping missions at the United Nations.

We’ve signed new MOUs of cooperation with PNG, Vanuatu and Australia to fight transnational crime in our region, and it bore results when we seized 500kg of cocaine in our harbor in 2018 and helped Australian authorities convict two Sydney based international drug traffickers.

We are now training other Pacific Police Forces to give back to our friends after they spend so many years when they helped us.

Most importantly, the RSIPF has kept the community safe and earned public trust, as particularly demonstrated during the testing period of the 2019 National General Election. 

The National General Elections and the subsequent riots which occurred following the Prime Minister’s election were our greatest test yet. We must always remember that Polling Day on April 3rd was a tremendous success for us. 

Voters turned out in record numbers and people in the community told us they felt it was the safest polling day since Independence.

But when the riots erupted on April 24th, the brave women and men of the RSIPF defended and secured our capital city. At the same time, we showed our expertise and cultural sensitivity by working with local communities to defuse tensions, engage our people and avert ongoing troubles.

This event, although we wish it had never happened, was stark proof to the people and Government of Solomon Islands that this police force is ready, capable and so courageously willing to do its job.

These successes do not come readily, nor are the battles easily won. They are the result of dogged hard work by our team. 

Perhaps a few years ago, many people would have said that these achievements were possible, or that the RSIPF was not capable of such things.

We are proud to have proved them wrong.

The new RSIPF of today is a capable, modern, responsive and very well-run organization, due in no small part to the sheer commitment and hard work of all of my officers, along with a very committed and professional senior leadership team.

There is no doubt that the culture, capacity, and capability of the RSIPF has continued to develop strongly over the last three years.

Much of this improvement has been due to our continual and unrelenting emphasis on developing accountable, values-based leadership within the senior executive team and across the police force.”

As a parting message to the more than 1400 police officers serving throughout the Solomon Islands, Outgoing Commissioner Varley said:

Always Remember the RSIPF Values. Without them, we are nothing.

The future of the RSIPF – its performance, reputation, and capability – rests with you all. Believe in yourself and your ability as a team to achieve our mission. Together, you will drive the RSIPF forward.

Remember my three P rule:

Pride, performance and professionalism.”

Outgoing Police Commissioner Varley and his family leave Honiara tomorrow.

 


          

Inside MAFS' Jules Robinson and Cameron Merchant's $500-a-night Vanuatu #Honeymoon

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Agenda. “Día de Derecho Climático y Gobernanza 2019”, Madrid, 6 de diciembre de 2019

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“Día de Derecho Climático y Gobernanza 2019”, Madrid, 6 de diciembre de 2019

Temas Clave: Cambio climático; Derecho ambiental; Instrumentos y protocolos internacionales; Política ambiental

Resumen:

La 25ª Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (COP25) presta particular atención al Derecho Ambiental a través del Simposio “Día de Derecho Climático y Gobernanza 2019”, que se celebrará 6 de diciembre de 2019 en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

En esta cita se reunirá una multitud de expertos en Derecho climático de renombrados organismos internacionales desde diferentes países como Alemania, Bangladesh, Canadá, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Estados Unidos, Filipinas, Francia, Indonesia, Kenia, Marruecos, Noruega, Reino Unido, Silesia, Vanuatu, etc., procedentes de Universidad Autraliana, Universidad de Bonn, Universidad de Cambridge, Universidad de Groningen, Universidad de Hong Kong, Universidad de Oslo, Universidad de Silesia, Universidad de Turín, Universidad de Wageningen, Universidad de Waterloo, Universidad de Wisconsin, Universidad Jindal, Universidad Kazakh-German, Universidad McGill, etc., e instituciones como AEDEN, CISDL, EFELA, UNESCO, UNFCCC.

Organizado en simultáneos diálogos, ponencias, mesas redondas y paneles con expertos, tratará de promover las innovaciones del Acuerdo de París, ampliar los marcos jurídicos nacionales y regionales para la

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Solomon Islands farewells 13th Commissioner of Police    

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Outgoing Commissioner Varley hands over the 'sword' to the Acting Commissioner Mangau.


Solomon Islands has farewelled the 13th Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Matthew Varley, MBE during a ceremony at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara today (29 November 2019).

During the ceremony witnessed by the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi, Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare; Minister of Police, Hon. Anthony Veke; Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer as well as other dignitaries and senior RSIPF officers from Honiara and the provinces as well as ranks and files, outgoing Commissioner Varley handed the ‘sword’ over to Acting Commissioner of Police, Mostyn Mangau. 

H.E The Governor-General Sir David swore in the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mangau during a ceremony at Government House early today. A new Commissioner of Police to replace outgoing Commissioner Varley is yet to be announced.

In his final speech, which covered a wide range of issues including achievements during his three-year term, outgoing Commissioner Varley said: 

“It has been the greatest honour of my professional life to serve as your Commissioner since 25 January 2017. Since my appointment, I have had the privilege of working with many RSIPF officers and visiting most police stations, both in Honiara and the Provinces. 

And I have been proud to lead these great officers, and contribute in some small way, at such a momentous period in history for the Solomon Islands.

I have often said, that this police force is the NEW RSIPF. I say new because we believe that the RSIPF has been re-built from the ground up since the dark days of our history back in the Tension era of the early 2000’s.

Today, we are almost precisely two and a half years on from the end of RAMSI. But we in the RSIPF prefer not to reflect on to that period as the end of RAMSI. 

Rather we say that it marked the start of the new chapter in our history when our police force took back full responsibility for providing national security and law & order for the Solomon Islands. 

A new start.

And I am pleased to report that the RSIPF is in very good shape.

It is a well-trained, capable and effective organization, filled with talented officers who want to serve their nation, and led by committed and dedicated senior officers of integrity.  I believe the RSIPF is now the best Police Force in the Pacific.”

In the achievements of the RSIPF during his tenure, outgoing Commissioner Varley said:

“We’ve had the rearmament of the RSIPF specialist teams including the PRT and CPP. We’ve successfully implemented the Crime Prevention Strategy and are about to launch the second generation version for the next few years.

We’ve implemented more than 85% of the Capability Plan’s 170 objectives to keep building the organization in so many areas. We’ve added 133 police positions to grow to our largest ever strength of 1554, while recruiting more than 210 new constables.

We’ve launched the first-ever RSIPF Gender Strategy to improve the policing profession for women and recruited more women officers than ever before.

We’ve become a member of INTERPOL and are connected to international law enforcement. We’ve deployed officers to peacekeeping missions at the United Nations.

We’ve signed new MOUs of cooperation with PNG, Vanuatu and Australia to fight transnational crime in our region, and it bore results when we seized 500kg of cocaine in our harbor in 2018 and helped Australian authorities convict two Sydney based international drug traffickers.

We are now training other Pacific Police Forces to give back to our friends after they spend so many years when they helped us.

Most importantly, the RSIPF has kept the community safe and earned public trust, as particularly demonstrated during the testing period of the 2019 National General Election. 

The National General Elections and the subsequent riots which occurred following the Prime Minister’s election were our greatest test yet. We must always remember that Polling Day on April 3rd was a tremendous success for us. 

Voters turned out in record numbers and people in the community told us they felt it was the safest polling day since Independence.

But when the riots erupted on April 24th, the brave women and men of the RSIPF defended and secured our capital city. At the same time, we showed our expertise and cultural sensitivity by working with local communities to defuse tensions, engage our people and avert ongoing troubles.

This event, although we wish it had never happened, was stark proof to the people and Government of Solomon Islands that this police force is ready, capable and so courageously willing to do its job.

These successes do not come readily, nor are the battles easily won. They are the result of dogged hard work by our team. 

Perhaps a few years ago, many people would have said that these achievements were possible, or that the RSIPF was not capable of such things.

We are proud to have proved them wrong.

The new RSIPF of today is a capable, modern, responsive and very well-run organization, due in no small part to the sheer commitment and hard work of all of my officers, along with a very committed and professional senior leadership team.

There is no doubt that the culture, capacity, and capability of the RSIPF has continued to develop strongly over the last three years.

Much of this improvement has been due to our continual and unrelenting emphasis on developing accountable, values-based leadership within the senior executive team and across the police force.”

As a parting message to the more than 1400 police officers serving throughout the Solomon Islands, Outgoing Commissioner Varley said:

Always Remember the RSIPF Values. Without them, we are nothing.

The future of the RSIPF – its performance, reputation, and capability – rests with you all. Believe in yourself and your ability as a team to achieve our mission. Together, you will drive the RSIPF forward.

Remember my three P rule:

Pride, performance and professionalism.”

Outgoing Police Commissioner Varley and his family leave Honiara tomorrow.

 


          

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