Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


SPREP signs 4.5 million dollar agreement with New Zealand

SPREP signs 4.5 million dollar agreement with New Zealand

25 February 2013 - SPREP and the New Zealand Government have today announced a new partnership to support Pacific Island countries in their efforts to manage their environment and ensure sustainable development.

SPREP Director General David Sheppard and High Commissioner Jackie Frizelle today signed an NZD 4.5 million dollar agreement for financial support from 2013 to 2015. This will support practical programmes in Pacific Countries which will improve the management of solid waste, protect biodiversity while encouraging economic development through eco-tourism and assist Pacific countries in responding to climate change.

New Zealand is a founding member and development partner of SPREP, a relationship spanning 20 years of support and partnership.

SPREP is a Pacific regional inter-governmental organisation charged with the protection and sustainable management of the Pacific island region’s environment.

SPREP works at the forefront of regional efforts to address environmental concerns by providing national-level technical advice, programme support, capacity building and coordinated regional responses to global issues and international agreements.

David Sheppard notes:

"SPREP welcomes this commitment of the Government of New Zealand to increase our work together. Better management of the environment is essential for the livelihoods of Pacific peoples and for sustainable development. We applaud the commitment of New Zealand to assist the Pacific in these key areas"

“New Zealand’s partnership with SPREP forms part of our wider commitment to supporting Pacific island Countries across a range of environmental issues. As well as the funding package, New Zealand agencies are also partnering with SPREP on a number of environmental initiatives throughout the Pacific. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with SPREP over the next three years.” said Jackie Frizelle.

The funding support from New Zealand will help implement the SPREP Strategic Plan 2011 – 2015 in an efficient manner, responding to the priority needs of SPREP member countries both nationally and at a regional level.

Some of the key work SPREP undertakes in partnership with New Zealand agencies includes programmes on Pacific marine turtle conservation and the production of the Island Climate Update, amongst other activities in the Pacific.

The signing of the agreement took place at the SPREP Headquarters in Apia, Samoa.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured: Suspect Charged After Ashburton Shooting

Russell John Tully has appeared in Christchurch District Court. Tully has been remanded in custody on charges of murder of Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland and attempted murder of Lindy Curtis.

The victim’s families and the victim have requested that their privacy be respected and will not be making a statement at this time.

Police have formed a picture of what has occurred yesterday and are appealing for further information and sightings .... More

 

Parliament Today:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

ALSO:

Internet MANA: Georgina Beyer Rocks The Waka

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members and supporters around the country” states MANA Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Update: Inquiry Into Release Of NZSIS Information

The Inquiry would be conducted in private and individuals would appear before her separately over a period of more than a week. She does not intend to name those summoned to give evidence until her report is published. “I can confirm that all persons summoned will be required to appear under oath...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Council Lawyers' Statement: Supreme Court Decision On Maori Water Rights

“…the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead… the Supreme Court has questioned whether the Crown owns the River at all.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news