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Pacific's Tokelau is the first territory in the world to generate its electricity entirely from solar energy

Pacific's Tokelau is the first territory in the world to generate its electricity entirely from solar energy | culture | Scoop.it

The remote Pacific islands of Tokelau have become the first territory in the world to generate their electricity entirely from solar energy, in a project hailed as an environmental milestone. Before the solar power grid was completed, the New Zealand-administered grouping of three coral atolls, with a population of just 1,500, relied on diesel generators for electricity. Project coordinator Mike Bassett-Smith said the diesel was not only environmentally unfriendly, it also cost the islands, which lie about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, around NZ$1.0 million ($825,000) a year. Bassett-Smith, from New Zealand firm PowerSmart Solar, said the change would allow Tokelau to switch money from fuel purchases to social welfare projects. "For Tokelau, this milestone is of huge importance for their continued well-being," he said in a statement received Wednesday. "Many Pacific nations struggle to provide a high proportion of their people access to electricity, and even when they do, access to affordable electricity is a significant additional challenge." New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the US$7.0 million project had achieved a world first and Wellington was working with other Pacific nations such as Tonga and the Cook Islands to develop renewable energy.

 


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The Unity Ride 2013: A 4,000 Mile Journey for Peace

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Reposted from Cultural Survival On December 26, 1862, thirty-eight Dakota men were hanged at Fort Snelling in Mankato, Minnesota in the largest mass execution in the history of the United States. O...
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SAMOA: FAO assists community aquaculture development in Tonga

SAMOA: FAO assists community aquaculture development in Tonga | culture | Scoop.it

APIA -  Development of community-based milkfish farming in Tonga will be given a boost through a project under the FAO Technical Cooperation Programme.

 

The project will work on Nomuka Island and Tonga’tapu and it has a total budget of USD231,000.

 

The project document was signed by the Minister for Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries, the Honourable Sangster Saulala, in Tonga and the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands, Gavin Wall, during the 10th Meeting of FAO South West Pacific Ministers for Agriculture held in Apia, Samoa, 11-13 April 2013.

 

The primary objective of the project is to develop commercially viable and environment-friendly milkfish farming systems in Nomuka Island and Tonga’tapu that will result in a sustainable source of food and income for island communities in Tonga.

 

The project will be executed by the Fisheries Department, Ministry of Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries in Tonga in cooperation with FAO.

 

Under the project, the viability of community-based milkfish farming systems will be demonstrated by establishing and operating two pilot aquaculture systems. This will require the identification of suitable farm sites, environmental impact analysis, construction of the farm ponds, training in farm operations and management, local feed production, post harvest handling of the fish and marketing.

 

The communities will be involved in each step of the process and will receive extensive training in the operation of the farm as well as in business management.

 

Successful implementation of the project will enhance food security in the communities in Nomuka and Tonga’tapu. And it will add to the efforts of the government to establish viable income sources for local communities and to increase local production of nutritious food.

 

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Sophie Edge's curator insight, May 26, 2013 9:31 PM

This site looks at aquaculture in Tonga and would provide students with an alternative perspective on the importance of sustainable farming procedures.