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SPC GEOSCIENCE PROGRAMMES

The Geoscience Division’s work focuses on providing assistance to Members in three technical programme areas: Geoscience for Development (formerly Ocean and Islands), Water and Sanitation and Disaster Reduction.

  • Geoscience for Development provides applied ocean, island and coastal geoscience services to support countries to govern and develop their natural resources, increase their resilience to hazards and facilitates data-based approaches to adaption. These vital technical services will be strategically deployed in response to specific Member requests to assist in the development, management and monitoring of natural resources and unique island environmental systems and processes.
  • Water and Sanitation Programme provides technical support to Members through capacity building, awareness and advocacy related to the management of water resources and the provision of water supply and sanitation services.
  • Disaster Reduction Programme provides Members with technical and policy advice and support to strengthen disaster risk management practices. The programme carries out this responsibility in coordination and collaboration with other technical programme areas within the Division and also with a range of regional and international development partners and donors.

Technical Support Services that cross cut the work of the three technical work programmes of the Geoscience Division are: natural resource economics; GIS and remote sensing; technical equipment and services; data management; and publications and library.

Corporate Services Support to the technical work programmes and technical support services of the Division are through ensuring effective policies and practices are in place for the orderly and efficient delivery of work. Corporate Services Support consists of finance, administration and IT support facilities, all of which would progressively integrate within the SPC beginning 1 January 2011.


 

Newsflash

The third issue of The Prospect is pleased to bring you news and developments from the SPC-EU Pacific Deep Sea Minerals Project and its participating member countries.

In This Issue:

  • Nadi Workshop Focuses on Environmental Management of Deep Sea Minerals
  • Launch of the SPC-UNEP/GRID-Arendal Pacific Marine Minerals Assessment Report
  • Q&A with Cindy Van Dover – Deep Sea Biologist
  • Deep Sea Minerals feature in Pacific Plan Review Report
  • GSD Annual Meeting calls for Forum Leaders to Address Deep Sea Minerals as High Regional Priority Cook Islands Enters New International Seabed Minerals Arrangement in Cooperation with GSR of Belgium
  • Winner of the Cook Islands Youth Debate Meets EU Ambassador
  • New documentary focuses on environmental impacts of deep sea mining
  • Staff Profile of the project's new Environment Advisor, Alison Swaddli

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