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The livelihoods and well-being of Pacific Islands are inextricably linked to the optimal and responsible exploitation of ocean, coastal and land-based resources, especially mineral resources. However, management of some "non-traditional" resources such as deep sea minerals and hydrocarbons are in many cases beyond the present capacity of SPC Member states and there is poor awareness of the necessary policy, legislation and environmental, fiscal, taxation management regimes needed to ensure Pacific Island interests and environments are protected.

Developing sustainable aggregate resources has been an important focal area for the Ocean and Islands Programme (OIP) over the years in recognition of the devastating impact of uncontrolled beach mining especially evident in urban atoll settings. In these settings, beach mining has increased as demand for building material has also increased. This example highlights the need for development of not only technically sound alternatives, but alternatives which are economically viable and socially appropriate. OIP will continue to deliver integrated technical solutions which include social and economic considerations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 15:00  


The importance of deep seabed minerals as a new major economic resource to island states in the Pacific has been reinforced with the appointment of Ms. Hannah Lily - Legal Advisor Deep Sea Minerals Project.

Ms. Lily is the first lawyer to be employed by the SOPAC Division of SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Community). Ms. Lily was speaking during the First SPC/SOPAC Division Meeting held in Nadi from October 19 - 22.

Ms. Lily said that the purpose of the project is to support 15 participating member countries in developing a legal framework to allow for deep-sea mineral exploration and mining.