Choiseul implements ridge to reef conservation

Ecological Solutions, Solomon Islands (ESSI) a local organization is currently working with customary landowners of Mount Maetambe to Kolobangara River, Lauru Land Conference and Tribal Communities (LLCTC) and Choiseul province to implement the ridges to reefs (R2R) conservation plan for Choiseul province medium development plan for 2012-2014. The R2R conservation plan for Choiseul province is…

Forum opens with ‘ocean’ as its theme

THE 45th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting opened in Palau, Tuesday, with President Tommy Remengesau underscoring the importance of the ocean, the theme of this year’s meeting. “This meeting provides a unique opportunity for the nations of the region to further the comprehensive approach envisioned by the Oceanscape framework and to taking concrete action to…

Rewards for customers

Bank of South Pacific will launch its Swipe on BSP EFTPoS and Win promotion today in an effort to amplify a smarter way to pay for goods and services. BSP retail banking general manager Ravindra Singh said the promotion, which would run until October 4, encouraged the use of their electronic funds transfer at point…

Single LNG shipment costs about K60m

The  value for each LNG shipment from the country’s PNG LNG Project costs US$50 million (K119.1 million) to US$60 (K143.9 million), National Petroleum Company PNG managing director Wapu Sonk said. So far, ExxonMobil PNG Ltd had shipped 12 LNG cargoes to sell on the spot market to customers in Asia. Sonk said “the shipments of…

NZ says summit key for Pacific Plan review

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister says this year’s Pacific leaders’ summit is of particular significance as it will include high-level discussions over the future of the Pacific Plan. Murray McCully is in Palau for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum, which officially opens today in the capital Koror.  McCully says the Pacific Plan has a lot…

Pacific Forum Leaders bring major fisheries treaty into force — Next step implementation, says FFA

Four years ago they tasked the Forum Fisheries Agency with enhancing cooperation in fisheries surveillance and law enforcement against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.  Today, Pacific Forum leaders celebrated the entry into force of a one-stop multilateral text aimed at achieving that–the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement, or NTSA.  Forum leaders witnessed the handover today…