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MEETING PAPERS

6 - 9 November 2012

SPC/SOPAC 2 DIVISION MEETING

(All delegates to STAR and CPC meeting invited to participate as technical advisers)

Tuesday (Joint session with STAR and CPC)

1    OPENING and WELCOME

1.1    Opening
1.2    Election of Chair
1.3    Adoption of agendaFrançaise
1.4    Explanation of working proceduresFrançaise

2    REPORTS

2.1    Director’s Report: IntroductionFrançaise
2.2    Report on KRAsFrançaise
2.3    Report on HighlightsFrançaise
2.4    Report on Emerging Issues and OpportunitiesFrançaise
2.5    PMEG reports - Cross Cutting IssuesOcean and IslandsDisaster ReductionWater and SanitationTechnical Support Services
2.6    STAR Chair Report

3    SOPAC DIVISION HIGHLIGHTS AND EMERGING ISSUES

Narrative case study presentations by country representatives, SOPAC technical staff and/ or STAR delegates concerning selected activities conducted over the year

3.1    Ocean and Islands Programme 2011/2012 report

3.1.1    Summary ReportFrançaise
3.1.2    Full Narrative Report

3.2    Water and Sanitation Programme 2011/2012 report

3.2.1    Summary ReportFrançaise
3.2.2    Full Narrative Report

3.3    Disaster Reduction Programme 2011/2012 report

3.3.1    Summary ReportFrançaise
3.3.2    Full Narrative Report

3.4    Technical Support Services 2011/2012 report

3.4.1    SummaryFrançaise
3.4.2    Full Narrative Report


Wednesday

4    SUMMARY DISCUSSION FOR CHAIR’S REPORT

5    2013 SOPAC DIVISION WORK PLAN AND BUDGETFrançaise

Thursday

6    STRATEGIC PLANNING

Presentations and consultations concerning SOPAC Division focus for the remainder of the current Strategic Plan period 2013 – 2015. This will include feedback on PMEG reports, commentary by countries, partner agencies and STAR scientists

Friday

7    ADOPTION OF STATEMENT FOR CONSIDERATION BY CRGA

8    CLOSING

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:09  

Newsflash

In the years leading up to 2010, the Pacific Island leaders decided to integrate the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (formerly known as CCOP/SOPAC) into the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. To implement this historical alignment of the two organisations, the leaders called to arms an internationally renowned geoscientist, who immediately left his well deserved retirement on Viti Levu's Coral Coast and reported to duty at Mead Road, Suva.

The then-incumbent, Dr. Russell Howorth, had been an integral part of SOPAC from its early years in the 70's, and still continues to be one of the main stalwarts of the organisation. Over the years, he has been instrumental in bringing about the prestige and recognition that SOPAC has in the region today.

A native of Yorkshire, Great Britain, Dr. Howorth did his PhD. in Geology from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, after a brief stint as a mining geologist in Zambia. He first visited the fledgling CCOP/SOPAC while on secondment at the University of South Pacific (USP) in early 1979. CCOP/SOPAC was then a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional project with less than 10 staff members.

During his early years in the South Pacific, he was best known for his achievement in establishing the Certificate in Earth Science and Marine Geology. The Certificate brought three organizations -- CCOP/SOPAC, USP, and Victoria University of Wellington -- together in the early eighties to offer what was a unique opportunity for an academic course with a practical focus for geologists and technicians in the region.