Tabiang, Kiribati – The school community of Alfred Sadd Memorial College (ASMC) on Abemama Island in Kiribati, is now enjoying permanent lighting, cold drinks and other benefits that come with the installation of a 20 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid system at the school.
At this year’s Pacific Islands Forum, Leaders endorsed the region’s first Pacific Sustainable Development Report. The Report illustrates how we are progressing in terms of improving the quality of life for Pacific people, and ensuring empowerment, inclusiveness and equality.
LACK of baseline data and robust monitoring systems to measure sustainability are key challenges to sustainable tourism in the Pacific.
And while it is relatively a new concept being adopted and practiced by most island countries, South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) sustainable tourism development manager Christina Leala Gale says the lack of data presented a major challenge on measuring the region’s sustainability.
In line with its vision of advancing sustainability through tourism, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released its flagship publication ‘Tourism for Development’ in Brussels on 6 June during the European Development Days (EDD), and called for greater awareness of sustainability in tourism policies and business practices as well as in tourist behaviour.
Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas has signed the 11th EDF agreement with the EU with funding support for Vanuatu totaling to EUR 41 Million (VUV 5,170,000,000) under the National Indicative Programme (NIP), at the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
The recent Sustainable Resource Management in Hotels Trainings and individual stakeholder consultations in Samoa and Fiji saw keen interest from the hotel industry to support the pilot phase of its Sustainability Monitoring Programme as Tourism Sustainability Champions.
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation continues to be a major contributor to the discussions on Sustainable Tourism in the region in line with 2017 being declared as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development by the United Nations.