A reliance on local customary knowledge and practices helped people make a living and strengthened relationships with family and friends.
Rising sea levels are an urgent problem facing island nations across the Pacific.
Pacific countries are eager for assistance in securing their future, whether sourced from old friends like the US and Australia, or new enthusiasts like the Chinese.
The Australian funded Blackrock base in Fiji will be a regional hub for training of defence and security personnel.
Scott Morrison stepped up Australia's engagement with the Pacific by visiting Vanuatu and Fiji last week and announcing a bilateral partnership with the latter. Here's what he achieved.
This wood tower on Bikeman islet, in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, used to be on the sand. Now it’s in the water. Further out, locals fish.
A new study finds that even in best-case scenarios, the fishing communities most hurt by climate change are on small island nations such as Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and the Maldives.
Fish caught just outside the Marine Protected Area (MPA) area in Tikina Wai, Fiji.
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Melanesia's oceans are worth at least US$5.4 billion, but are under increasing threat.
The Solomon Islands are low-lying and vulnerable to changes in sea level.
Sea levels are rising faster in the Solomon Islands – and send a warning for the rest of the world.
Artists’s impression of a Monkey-faced Bat (Genus Pteralopex)
Ivy Shih/Australian Museum
An expedition to the Solomon Islands to investigate rare monkey-faced bats and giant rats will help preserve these remarkable species.
Relapsing infections are critical for sustained malaria transmission in the Asia-Pacific.
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A large number of children with malaria in the Asia-Pacific have relapses of the disease, not new infections. Malaria-programs must target these latent infections to completely eliminate the disease.
Too many fish in our seas, like this Pacific bluefin tuna, are being lost to over-fishing – but better management can help.
Over-fishing is a massive environmental and economic challenge. Fortunately, there are new solutions being trialled – including in a tuna hotspot in the Pacific.
Australian neighbours such as Timor Leste - asset rich, but also very poor - are keen to ensure the money paid by Australian extractive companies is fully disclosed.
Australian mining firms remain at the forefront of natural resource exploration and extraction in some of our nearest - and poorest - neighbours. Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are…
German crew members install ocean bottom Seismometers which formed part of a tsunami early warning system in the Indian ocean.
A magnitude 8 earthquake that struck today off the Solomon Islands is not a risk to Australia, but has destroyed three villages…
Solomon Island women were excluded from the peace-making process after the civil war.
AAP Image/Lloyd Jones
There is a profound silence in conflict. Women’s voices are absent. They are excluded from decision-making and peace processes across the world’s trouble spots. This exclusion not only perpetuates political…