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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  


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The Honourable Henry Puna, the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, has graced the opening. He spoke about his pleasure at having been invited to the STAR meeting and the annual meeting of the SPC’s Applied Geoscience and Technology division here in Noumea. Since the start of the SOPAC, Cook Islands has benefited from its services as a member, and the country has had the pleasure of hosting its annual meeting three times. The Prime Minister who was invited also in his capacity as the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum thanked Dr. Russell Howorth for his outstanding services to the region and to the SOPAC division.