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Connecting the dots – Pacific disasters, cyclones, climate featured in latest PJR

Published By   /  July 20, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Disasters, Education, Environment, Featured, Fiji, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Refugees, Reports, Research  /  Comments Off on Connecting the dots – Pacific disasters, cyclones, climate featured in latest PJR

A “natural” seawall constructed out of giant bamboo poles built at the Semarang village of Demak Timbulsloko in an attempt to reduce “rob” flooding damage. Image: Del Abcede/PJR Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk “Rob” flooding in the Indonesian city of Semarang, Cyclone Winston’s devastation and social media in Fiji and “backpack journalism” in Typhoon Haiyan in […]

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Indonesia risks ending up with a doomed ‘can’t-do’ climate plan

Published By   /  July 17, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Climate, Climate Change, COP23, Economics, Emissions, Environment, Forests, Fossil Fuels, Global, Global Warming, Indonesia, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Nationally Determined Contribution, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Paris Agreement, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Sustainability, UN, United Nations  /  Comments Off on Indonesia risks ending up with a doomed ‘can’t-do’ climate plan

By Warief Djajanto Basorie Three hundred schoolchildren from the greater Jakarta area sat on a red carpet covering the cavernous Soedjarwo auditorium—named to honour the country’s first forestry minister—at the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry in January this year. They were there to participate in the government-led Climate Festival; the theme was “Three Years […]

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Elisabeth Holland: Pacific climate change persistence – we’re all in the same canoe

Published By   /  June 25, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, C, Climate, Climate Action, Climate adaptation, Climate Change, Climate Change law, Climate Change Relocation, Development, Elisabeth Holland, Environment, Environmental destruction, Featured, Fiji, Human Rights, Indigenous, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Elisabeth Holland: Pacific climate change persistence – we’re all in the same canoe

The University of the South Pacific’s environmental centre spearheading climate change research believes in working together for shared solutions, says Professor Elisabeth Holland.  Video: Pacific Media Centre’s Bearing Witness project INTERVIEW: Lars Ursin of 2°C talks to Elisabeth Holland The Pacific Islands are already struggling with the consequences of climate change. But they are not […]

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Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging

Published By   /  June 22, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Featured, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Navigation, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Ocean, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Sailing, Samoa, Va'a, Video, Voyaging, Waka  /  Comments Off on Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging

Waka (or va’a) voyager and environmental advocate Schannel van Dijken talks about the Pacific and Samoan ocean sailing traditions and the challenges of climate change. Video: Pacific Media Centre By Hele Ikimotu The president of the Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS), Schannel van Dijken, says humans cannot thrive without looking after our landscapes and seascapes. As […]

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Strongest climate solutions ‘developed together’, says PaCE-SD chief

Published By   /  April 27, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Climate Change, Climate research, Fiji, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, PACE-SD, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific research, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Research, Science-Technology, Television, University of the South Pacific, USP  /  Comments Off on Strongest climate solutions ‘developed together’, says PaCE-SD chief

Blessen Tom’s video interview with PaCE-SD director Professor Elisabeth Holland in Suva. Video: PMC Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk The University of the South Pacific’s environmental centre spearheading climate change research believes in working together for shared solutions. Director Professor Elisabeth Holland says the Pacific Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) has a culture […]

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Fiji’s first climate change village forced to move from sea to ‘promised land’

Published By   /  April 27, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Relocation, Climate Refugees, Fiji, Gallery, Human Rights, Kenani village, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, relocation, Reports, Vunidogoloa  /  Comments Off on Fiji’s first climate change village forced to move from sea to ‘promised land’

Blessen Tom’s feature drone video of Vunidogoloa. By Hele Ikimotu with visuals by Blessen Tom Vunidogoloa was the first village in Fiji to be relocated – barely three years ago – due to sea level rise. The village was in the Cakaudrove province and had backyard views of beautiful Natewa Bay on Vanua Levu Island. […]

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Rabi landslide? Not a big problem, horseback and walking the answer

Published By   /  April 27, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, cyclone keni, Cyclones, Development, Disasters, Fiji, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Rabi Island, Reports, Road construction, Roading, Roads, Self Determination, Transport  /  Comments Off on Rabi landslide? Not a big problem, horseback and walking the answer

Riding on horseback is the main way to get around Rabi Island after the landslide blocked the road … or just walk. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness By Hele Ikimotu on Rabi, Fiji The rebuilding of a road on Fiji’s northern Rabi Island is currently in the works. Fiji’s most recent natural disaster, Tropical Cyclone Keni, […]

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Life on Fiji’s Rabi Island – simple, peaceful and full of smiles

Published By   /  April 25, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Banaba, Banabans, Bearing Witness, Climate, Environment, Fiji, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Rabi Island, Reports  /  Comments Off on Life on Fiji’s Rabi Island – simple, peaceful and full of smiles

Hele Ikimotu’s “peace in Rabi” video reflections. Video: Pacific Media Centre By Hele Ikimotu on Rabi Island, Fiji Our trip to Rabi was a long journey, first starting with a bus ride from Suva, driving straight onto a ferry in Natovi and arriving in Nabouwalu. That trip alone was about seven to eight hours. From […]

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Fiji’s provident fund frees up $5.3m for natural disaster assistance

Published By   /  April 22, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Cyclone Josie, cyclone keni, Cyclones, Development, Disasters, Environment, Fiji, Fiji National Provident Fund, FNPF, Kadavu, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Military, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Savings, Self Determination, Weather  /  Comments Off on Fiji’s provident fund frees up $5.3m for natural disaster assistance

A spate of tropical cyclones has hit Fiji and other Pacific Islands in the past few months, causing widespread damage and flooding in low-lying areas. Image: Dept of Information/Wansolwara By Wansolwara News staff The Fiji National Provident Fund has released $5.33 million in flood assistance funds to 6351 members in the aftermath of two recently […]

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USP students raise Pacific climate change awareness using cellphones

Published By   /  April 19, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Education, Environment, ePOP, Featured, Fiji, Human Rights, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific youth, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Smartphones, Youth, Youth storytelling  /  Comments Off on USP students raise Pacific climate change awareness using cellphones

Bearing Witness talks to ePOP climate change video makers. Video: Pacific Media Centre By Hele Ikimotu with visuals by Blessen Tom in Suva Ten students from the University of the South Pacific have captured the effects of climate change on their smartphone devices. The task was organised through an eParticipatory Observers Project (ePOP) workshop last […]

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