Bilateral exchanges


This activity will encourage sharing of pilot site experiences with other countries in the Pacific. The goal is to assist the OCTs to become more involved members within the region through bilateral exchanges with ‘sister’ sites, and to create informal networks. This will help to develop synergies between the territories, enable them to benefit from relevant feedback and create closer ties between OCTs and between OCTS and other Pacific Island countries and territories.

SPC is launching two calls for project submissions, i.e. one in late 2014 and another in late 2015, which will encourage site stakeholders to come up with partnership proposals that address real difficulties on the ground. A selection panel of Steering Committee approved members will evaluate the proposals. The territorial coordinators will not serve on the panel so as to remain available to help project initiators develop their proposals. The selection criteria will be
designed to give priority to projects that have solid long-term visions.

Seven proposals were selected :

- Experience sharing on building a landfill cell based on the Fukuoka method: Fiji/Wallis and Futuna ;

- Experience sharing with the Australian Great Barrier Reef Park Authority and Torres Strait Regional Authority on incorporating traditional practices in marine areas: Australia/New Caledonia ;

- Experience sharing on soft restoration for motus: country to be identified French Polynesia ;

- Experience sharing on virgin coconut oil manufacturing processes : Samoa/Wallis and Futuna ;

- Biosecurity on Ouvea and local involvement — experience sharing with French Polynesia on a strategy used in the Marquesas Islands : New Caledonia/French Polynesia ;

- Study trip to Australia to view erosion control techniques and earthworks in steeply sloped pineapple-growing areas : Australia/French Polynesia ;

- Trip to study possibilities of boosting the copra industry : New Caledonia(Ouvea)/Vanuatu.


Pacific territories’ initiative for regional management of the environment

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