Tag Archives: Federated States of Micronesia

Nan Madol: World Heritage Update and Continuing Research

by Katherine Seikel, Archaeology and Natural History, CAP, ANU. Karian Islet (mapped J.S. Athens 1984) In January this year Nan Madol and Lelu, Kosrae were placed on the Tentative World Heritage List for Micronesia. The Pohnpei State Historic Preservation Office and … Continue reading

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World Heritage in a Sea of Islands: Pacific 2009 Programme

World Heritage Papers 34 has just been released. It is a compilation of documents and papers relating to UNESCO’s Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009) and includes reports of regional consultations, expert papers, progress and monitoring reports. “Despite its extraordinary cultural and biological diversity, the Pacific … Continue reading

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Pacific economies weathering global financial turmoil, but for how long?

The just-released July edition of the Asian Development Bank’s Pacific Economic Monitor projects economic growth of 6.0% in the Pacific region for 2012. Regional growth continues to be driven primarily by developments in the large resource-exporting economies of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste, which together account for two-thirds of regional output. Growth is now expected to decline to 4.2% in 2013, mainly due to lower growth in […] Continue reading

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Pacific Energy Update 2012 (ADB)

This document provides an update of the existing 2012 portfolio of Pacific energy sector projects and a summary of requested assistance for 2013. Continue reading

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Jobs: Coastal Community Adaptation Project, Fiji

Roles for a Development Outreach Coordinator, Civil/Environmental Engineer, and a Community Liaison Specialist for an anticipated five-year USAID Coastal Community Adaptation Program (C-CAP) that will support district and community-level climate change adaptation interventions in nine to eleven Pacific Island countries. The objective … Continue reading

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Pacific cultural mapping, planning and policy reports

The cultural mapping report for Tuvalu has just been released. This and related reports build on a Cultural Mapping, Planning and Policy Workshop conducted for members of the Council for Pacific Arts and Culture in March 2010 and supported by … Continue reading

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11th Festival of Pacific Arts: ‘Culture in Harmony with Nature’

From 1-14 July 2012, thousands of artists and performers from the region will gather in Honiara for the Pacific’s largest, most colourful and exciting cultural event. The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts will feature traditional and contemporary visual and performing arts – … Continue reading

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Update on ADB projects in the Pacific (30 April 2012)

The Asian Development Bank has just released new fact sheets for the following Pacific Island nations: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, … Continue reading

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Welcome Ingrid Ahlgren!

This March ANU welcomed new PhD student Ingrid Ahlgren to the RMAP program in the College of Asia Pacific. She joins us most recently from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) where she has been working for the past … Continue reading

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The Future of Micsem (Micronesian Seminar, Pohnpei FSM)

“Micronesian Seminar, or MicSem as it is widely known, is the Jesuit think-tank located on Pohnpei that has become known regionally for its commitment to social issues and the quality research of its founder, Fr. Francis X. Hezel, S.J..”

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Applications open: Australian Development and Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships (close 30 April 2012)

Applications are now open for Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Award Scholarships (facilitated through AusAID). Information about specific eligibility criteria are available for the following Pacific Island states: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Pacific Collectivities (New … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Transoceania 2012 (14-15 July 2012)

Transoceania 2012: Currents of Memory, Identity, and Representation Between the Islands of Japan and Oceania The Inaugural Symposium of the Transoceania Project (Project35) will be held from 14-15 July 2012 at the University of Tokyo. The Transoceania Project is a … Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (April 3): PNG protests | New Tongan king | Samoan economy | Sub regional meetings | Fish…and more

A roundup of development policy issues in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. PNG protests The Judicial Conduct Bill that was rushed through the PNG Parliament on March 21 has resulted in yet another vigorous constitutional debate. Criticisms of the bill came from numerous quarters, including leader of the opposition Dame Carol Kidu, NGOs and the PNG Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The most visible […] Continue reading

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Presidential perspectives on political economy in Micronesia

Ben Graham co-authored a chapter of the new ADB report ‘The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific‘. Here, he shares some insights from his research. On a late 1996 afternoon in the Marshall Islands, during a heated Cabinet discussion about an ongoing reduction-in-force effort in government, an elderly President interrupted his economic advisor with a simple yet powerful question. “Excuse me. Have you ever run a country?” The advisor and the room fell silent… So I am told. I was not there and […] Continue reading

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Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research

These publications are now available at: www.cawcr.gov.au/projects/PCCSP/publications.html Climate Change in the Pacific is a rigorously researched, peer-reviewed scientific assessment of the climate of the western Pacific region. Building on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change… … Continue reading

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