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Climate change funding from the world's largest global climate funds was the talk of Tuvalu last week. Officials hosted a face-to-face multi-sectoral meeting in Funafuti, joined online by regional partners including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Pacific Community (SPC).
New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) maritime surveillance patrols in partnership with Pacific nations and other agencies are operating well within the new normal of Covid-19 considerations.
While the numbers of Covid-19 cases remain low, Papua New Guinea’s limited health infrastructure has authorities worried. They have warned the Port Moresby’s isolation centre may be full by the end of the month if an increase in cases continues.
The French Polynesian government has advised the owners of a stranded Chinese fishing vessel that it must offload its cargo in a way to protect the Aratua lagoon.
As the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic bites into the livelihoods of communities around the Pacific, people in Fiji’s Western Division – who rely almost totally on tourism – are starting to panic.
Up to 5,500 trap lures have been distributed to Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in a bid to contain the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) infestation.