From The Crowd

Sustainable fishing: 28 maritime students graduate

Streamlining sustainable fishing practices and applications to up-scaling fisheries workforce knowledge on sustainable practices is one of the main areas of focus for the Deck Hand Fishing Programme at the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA). Putting...

16th August

Climate change threat – Fiji, moving villages inundated by rising seas, wants big emitters to pay

Serua, Fiji – Boats moor next to living rooms on Fiji’s Serua Island, where water breaches the seawall at high tide, flooding into the village. Planks of wood stretch between some homes, forming a makeshift walkway as saltwater inundates gardens. Village elders always believed they would die here on prized land where their chiefs are...

15th August

Shrinking civic spaces

It has become commonplace to observe that, across the globe, civic spaces are shrinking and democracies are in regression. Year on year, organisations such as Freedom House and Civicus publish regular evidence of a steady and gradual erosion of democratic principles and practices across most regions of the world. This erosion is most evident in...

13th August

Democracy and elections – Electoral systems and laws should be democratic

Democracy, the electoral system and laws hold centre stage as we prepare for the 2022 General Election. Democracies conduct free and fair elections open to all citizens of the requisite age. Such elections cannot be facades that conceal dictators or a single party, but fair and transparent competitions for the support of the people. Democracy...

Road to development

Inadequate funding has meant roads are few, far between and in poor condition across Papua New Guinea. Port Moresby is not connected by road to either the industrial hub of Lae or the agricultural and population centre of the Highlands region, even though all three locations are on the same landmass. With 17 per cent...

Appreciating life – The little things mean a lot

Bula readers! This week I wanted to write about “appreciation” and how this may be a very under-used word in today’s busy social media, tech-savvy and information age. When I think about appreciation my mind goes back to a couple of years ago, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, when I was asked to be the...

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