Niue has started a number of conservation projects as it aims to become more sustainable. with many environmental initiatives planned over the next few years, Niue will maintain it's ongoing effort to promote sustainable practices.
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12 July 2018
Niue Tourism wrote on Facebook last week: "We're proud to announce that Niue is banning single use plastic bags on the island!"
"Over the next 12 months single use plastic bags will be gradually phased out and replaced with reusable bags."
The announcement coincided with International Plastic Bag Free Day on July 3.
It comes as Pacific Islands begin to lead the way in banning the single-use plastic, with the Western Province in Solomon Islands and Samoa making moves towards the ban, and other areas such as Vanuatu already implementing a ban.
Last month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said plans to introduce a ban on single-use plastic bags in New Zealand could be on the cards "very, very soon".
Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage at the time told said any ban would likely be through regulation rather than new legislation.
Niue Tourism chief executive Felicity Bollen told RNZ Niue would phase out the bags with the assistance of both the Niue and New Zealand governments. They are intending to provide each Niue household with four reusable organic bags.
12 July 2018
Niue’s Government and the island’s tourism industry have launched a Responsible Tourism Policy which is complemented by Tourism Business and Visitor Codes of Conduct.
The Policy and Codes were announced and released today to mark Niue’s contribution to World Tourism Day – 27 September.
Niue Tourism Director of Marketing Felicity Bollen says tourism is a vital part of the island’s economy and the Policy is intended to help preserve Niue’s largely unspoilt natural attractions. It also marks Niue’s support for the United Nations’ 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly given the UN’s adoption of 2017 as the International year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Developed by the Niue Government in consultation with the island’s tourism sector, the Responsible Tourism Policy identifies how local planning and strategic developments will contribute to a responsible tourism industry which operates sustainably and with respect for the environment and the local community, says Felicity.
“It outlines actions that will deliver triple-bottom-line benefits to Niue – for the environment, the community and the economy – but also looks at how we will meet those UN sustainability goals as well as support Pacific Region initiatives.”
Felicity says the Tourism Business and Visitor Codes of Conduct weave in the actions of the other important stakeholders in responsible tourism – the visitors to the island and the businesses that offer them services. “There’s a growing awareness among visitors of the need to respect and protect the environments they visit like our forests and reefs, make sustainable choices, and thus contribute to the conservation of those environments.
“But visitors are also increasingly wanting to enhance their experience by learning more about the island’s natural habitats and what’s being done to conserve them, as well as looking to tourism operators to act responsibly towards the environment and have a commitment to sustainable practices.
“The Codes are a guide for both the tourism operators and the visitors on how they can meet the requirements of responsible tourism – respecting the local people and environment and contributing to Niue’s sustainable economic development.”
The Codes of Conduct will be made available to visitors in a number of ways, says Felicity. “They will be on display and available to visitors at the island’s accommodation and other tourism businesses, as well as being emailed to visitors when they book their Niue holiday.
“The main changes we see arising from this initiative are a much greater sharing of the responsibility for responsible tourism between the tourism industry, government agencies and those coming to Niue. It will bring a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to improving sustainability, and greater encouragement to the tourism sector to access finance and other support to progress sustainability initiatives.”
12 July 2018
Niue Tourism chief executive Felicity Bollen said the country had set aside the next 12 months to wean itself off the habit of a lifetime.
Ms Bollen said Niue had learnt from the experience of Vanuatu which implemented a ban on single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene boxes on 1 July.
She said Vanuatu had to adjust its schedule for introducing the ban because the initial timeframe it set of less than six months was too tight.
Ms Bollen said a year will give Niue enough time to embed a change in culture.
"The way that we're going to do it is with the assistance of the governments of Niue and New Zealand.
"We're actually going to provide substitute bags for every family on Niue. We will be providing them with reusable organic bags for every household. We're looking at four per household," she said.
Along with Vanuatu and Niue, Papua New Guinea and Samoa have also announced plans to ban single-use plastic bags.
3 July 2018
Sustainable Niue Launches
Today, International Plastic Bag Free Day, Niue announced its ban on single use plastic bags on the island. Over the next 12 months single use plastic bags will be gradually phased out and replaced with reusable bags.
It’s just one of Niue’s many conservation efforts as it aims to become more sustainable. The ban on single use plastic bags is just the first step, with many more environmental initiatives planned in the next few years, Niue will maintain it's ongoing effort to promote sustainable practices.
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