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SPREP Country Report - Cook Islands
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

The fifteen Cook Islands are distinguished by being vastly separated from each other and varying greatly in terms of their population numbers and resource endowments. The necessity therefore arises in this Country Report to make a distinction, geographically, between environmental concerns on the larger, more densely and more technologically developed Rarotonga||the other southern Cook high islands with their mixed volcanic and limestone soils, balanced populations and reasonably harmonious development||and the sparsely settled little changed far-flung northern Cook atolls.


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State of Environment Report - Vanuatu

As part of the mid-term review of the implementation of the indicative programmes for Vanuatu the European Commission requires a Country Environmental Profile. The objective of this study is to provide decision makers in the European Commission and other partner countries with sufficient information to identify European Commission cooperation activities with specific environmental objectives and to establish environmental safeguards for other activities. Vanuatu is a Western South Pacific Island nation constituted of approximately 80 islands of volcanic origin. Although biodiversity is often rated as low in comparison with neighbouring countries such as New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and even the Solomon Islands, it is of paramount importance to ni-Vanuatu.


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SPREP Country Reports - Australia
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

This report follows a check-list and suggested format set out in South Pacific Commission (SPC) Savingram NO. 52. Australia has a Federal Constitution and in responding to the SPC.check-list a distinction needs to be made between the Commonwealth Government, the six States and the two internal Territories. It has not been possible to consult with the Staten and hence this Report has been prepared on the basis of existing published and unpublished information available to the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs and Environment. The report should not be considered as a comprehensive 'national' Report encompassing all the views of the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments.


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Tuvalu - National Report for Third International Conference

This is the report on the status of sustainable development (SD) in Tuvalu. Good progress hasbeen achieved in the pursuit of sustainable development as the country follows the strategies recommended by the international community for small island developing states (SIDS).Because of its unique situation Tuvalu has selectively adopted into its national development strategy (NSDS) strategies that are relevant and appropriate for Tuvalu. The report isintended for presentation by the government of Tuvalu to the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa in 2014. Global strategies for sustainable development are provided in many international agreementsand declarations however this report will focus only on Rio +20, Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI) of the BarbadosProgramme of Action (BPOA). Tuvalu is a signatory and party to these international agreements and has been trying to realize the global dream for SD.


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Trinidad and Tobago - National Report for Third International Conference
Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development

This Report will take stock of Trinidad and Tobagos implementation of the Barbados Plan of Actions (BPOA), and the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI). Mention will be made of the actions that are needed by the Government and its partners for further implementation of the BPOA and the MSI. An analysis of the new and emerging challenges facing the country including the countrys priorities for Sustainable Development will be articulated. The report will conclude with the key messages of recommendations from Trinidad and Tobago for the pacific preparatory meeting, SIDS conference in 2014 and the Sustainable Development Goals/post 2015.


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Mauritius - National Report for Third International Conference
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Development Programmeme (United Nations Development Programmeme)

The vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) arise from a number of physical, socio-economic and environmental factors. SIDS small size, limited resources, geographical dispersion and isolation from markets, place them at a disadvantage economically and prevent economies of scale. For instance, due to the small size of their economies, SIDS are highly dependent on trade but lack the factors that are decisive for competitiveness. Similarly, international macroeconomic shocks tend to have higher relative impacts on SIDS small economies. The combination of small size and remoteness leads to high production and trade costs, high levels of economic specialisation and exposure to commodity price volatility. Furthermore, in SIDS, the following natural resource base: energy, water, mineral and agricultural resources are limited and resource extraction tends quickly to meet the carrying capacities of the small islands. The latter also face unique threats related to global environmental issues, mainly climate change, biodiversity loss, waste management, pollution, freshwater scarcity, and acidification of the oceans. As a SIDS, much progress has been achieved in Mauritius due to benefits derived from the Welfare State, namely: free access to education from pre-primary to university levels, transport to students and the elderly and health services to all and also from bilateral and multilateral trading agreements, the skilled work force, entrepreneurship, a stable democratic government and peace. However, despite its performance, the country is now facing the brunt of a number of global challenges, namely, the global economic, financial, energy and food security crises. The impacts of climate change, sea level rise, natural disasters and biodiversity loss are also having their toll on progress achieved so far.


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Samoa - National Report for Third International Conference
Government of Samoa

The national process focuses on consultations for the purpose of stimulating discussions among all stakeholders to garner inputs and ideas for a shared vision to the future we want. The UN SG report on accelerating progress towards the MDGs and the issues for advancing the post 2015 development agenda state that the post 2015 development framework is likely to have the best development impact if it emerges from an inclusive, open and transparent process with multiple stakeholder participation In 2010, when Samoa was advised of its pending graduation out of LDC status in 2014, it then began a process of consultations with development partners as well as national stakeholders as to its approach towards a smooth transition strategy. The consultations agreed that a smooth transition strategy for Samoa take the following lines of action so that graduation will not have that adverse an impact: Ensure policy coherence in the new Strategy for the Development of Samoa (2012-2015) Address institutional capacity constraints Improve aid management within the Paris, Accra and Busan Partnerships for development Cooperation Create an enabling environment for foreign direct investment and private sector development Maintain credibility in seeking assistance through recognition of SIDS


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Strategic environmental assessment and future potential shoreline impacts of the oil spill from WW11 shipwreck Hoyo Maru. Chuul Lagoon - Federated States of Micronesia
Anthony Talouli -Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Trevor Gilbert -Asia Pacific Applied Science Associates (Asia Pacific ASA), Rean Monfils Gilbert - Sea Australia

This report is a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the risks posed by the chronically leaking Hoyo Maru in Chuuk Lagoon, Federated States of Micronesia.


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Review of marine turtles legislation in Solomon Islands
Tia Masolo, Peter Ramohia

This review documents existing legislation and policies as well as the country’s participation in international/regional agreements and conventions relevant to marine turtles.


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Review of marine turtles legislation in Fiji
Epeli Nasome - National Consultant, Fiji, Department of Environment, Fisheries Department - Fiji

This review documents existing legislation and policies as well as the country’s participation in international/regional agreements and conventions relevant to marine turtles.


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