We, the Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum comprising Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu remain deeply concerned by the COVID-19 pandemic globally and in our Pacific region. This Joint Statement outlines how we, as a Blue Pacific Continent, are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with our common respective values and principles.
The intergovernmental process led by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to develop a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is in motion and is engaging the global community to reach a new global pact for biodiversity.
The report, Fiji COVID-19 Business Survey: Tourism Focus, was produced jointly by IFC’s Tourism Advisory and Creating Markets Advisory teams. It contains the findings of a business survey conducted with over 3,500 businesses by IFC and the Fijian Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transportation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges for the tourism industry globally and across the Pacific region. As part of its efforts in ensuring effective stakeholder engagement in the recovery process, the SPTO has partnered with the Travel Foundation to explore viable options for recovery and resilience. The partnership has three key focus areas which include; 1) Stakeholder Engagement and having a “Shared Agenda”, 2) Destination Development and Management and 3) Capacity and Workforce Development. The Partnership was launched via a webinar in early July through an interactive talanoa session with stakeholders from across the sector.
Incomes and access to high-quality tree-planting material have improved through nurseries run by women and youth, thanks to an Australian-funded project.
In the Mount Elgon region, women and youth comprise a critical labour force for farming. However, they also bear the costly burden of inefficient land-management practices and unpredictable weather.
Consequently, agricultural production and incomes are low and food insecurity is high. In addition, limited practical knowledge and inadequate supply of quality tree-planting material hinder adoption of agroforestry among female and young farmers in the region, according to a study to understand factors limiting or facilitating uptake of agroforestry technologies in the region.
‘Empowering youth and women to expand and effectively run sustainable tree-based ventures and increase their understanding of the many benefits and opportunities of trees are essential prerequisites to overcoming the various natural resources’ management and livelihoods’ challenges within the fragile Mount Elgon ecosystem,’ remarked Hillary Agaba, director of research at Uganda’s National Forestry Resources Research Institute.
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The latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer shows that the near-complete lockdown imposed in response to the pandemic led to a 98 per cent fall in international tourist numbers in May when compared to 2019.