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Pacific Island links: Solomons climate change, PNG judiciary, ocean sanctuaries and more



7 October 2015 12:31

  • Excellent piece from Adam Morton with accompanying photos capturing the impacts of climate change on Taro Island in Solomon Islands, likely to be the world's first provincial capital abandoned as a result of global warming.
  • Concerns over judicial independence in PNG have been raised after two Australian lawyers involved in the ongoing corruption case against PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill were denied entry to PNG. Attempts to suspend the Chief Magistrate for alleged misconduct and incompetence were also revealed.   
  • New Zealand is planning to establish one of the world's largest ocean sanctuaries in its waters. The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is expected to attract significant tourism. 
  • Chile has agreed to a similar proposal from environmental groups on Easter Island to create a large marine reserve around the islands, with allowances for traditional fishing and conservation methods.   
  • Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama spoke at the UN in support of Fiji's bid for the Presidency of the General Assembly, stressing Fiji's democratic progress and position as a regional leader on climate change.  
  • The Australian Government is partnering with the Asian Development Bank to set up the Pacific Business Investment Facility to help businesses in the region to secure finance.  
  • Six months on from Cyclone Pam, the World Bank has produced this infographic on the situation in Vanuatu and the other countries hit by the storm. Vanuatu has been classified the world's most at-risk country for natural disasters.  
  • In an interview with ABC's Pacific Beat the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation explains how social media has become an important tool for agricultural development for the Pacific.  
  • PNG's Dame Carol Kidu puts her support behind the Sustainable Development Goals.

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