SPREP appreciates Tokelau issues more after first visit

(Front Row) Planning and Monitoring Advisor, Margaret Sapolu, SPREP Director General, David Sheppard, Tokelau National Public Servants, General Manager, Jovilisi Suveinakama, Policy Advisor, Ake Mauga. (back row) Statistics Advisor, Jaap Jasperse, Small Island Development States (SIDS) Advisor, Mark Bonin, (SPREP) Executive Officer, Audrey Brown-Pereira, Project Manager, Jewel Toloa and (SPREP) PACC+, Peni Levai

APIA: TUESDAY 17 JUNE 2014: Director General, David Sheppard of the Secretariat of the Pacific Annual Attachment Programme (SPREP) has expressed his appreciation visiting Tokelau for the very first time.

His visit in June has enabled him to meet with each village taupulega. He has also seen progress of certain environment programmes and gained a better understanding of where Tokelau is at, in terms of support.

SPREP has vouched to support Tokelau by not only providing technical support but also through establishing environmental programmes to assist in Environment Impact Assessment for decision making.

Potential areas highlighted during the Tokelau visit were in biodiversity conservation, marine reserves, renewable energy, water and waste management, shipwrecks, environment monitoring and governance.

Upgrading water tanks, installment of flush diverter with gutters near completion was a direct result of the extended Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC+) project for Pacific Islands and Territories.

The SPREP Director congratulated Tokelau for the recent accolades received for becoming 100% reliable on solar energy for electricity generation. This fits in well with the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP) that SPREP has been promoting for quite some time.