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To support sustainable development within the Pacific, GSD has become increasingly involved in the economic analysis of natural resources in recent years. Economic analysis has been or is being conducted across all three technical programmes: Disaster reduction, Water and Sanitation and Geoscience for Devolopment . The work takes the form of economic or financial feasibility assessments, economic impact assessments, institutional analysis or training to support the sustainability of resource management.

There is a strong focus in the work on producing real outcomes, particularly to advocate for more sustainable use of natural resources at the national level and to support behavioural change at the user level. There is also an emphasis on the wide distribution of findings to different audiences. Findings are disseminated through personal presentations at community, national and international meetings, reports and pamphlets in different languages, television and radio broadcasts and documentaries.

GSD is a co-founder of the PREEN (Pacific Resource and Environmental Economics Network)


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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 March 2016 16:00  


Quarrying for sand gravel in Kiribati’s most populated atoll island South Tarawa will soon be replaced by a safer and a more sustainable alternative – lagoon dredging.

The Kiribati Government, through its European Union-funded Environmentally Safe Aggregates for Tarawa (ESAT) project, implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s SOPAC Division, hopes to phase out beach aggregate mining on South Tarawa. The mining has caused severe coastal erosion problems on the already vulnerable atoll island.

Beach aggregate is a combination of sand, gravel, pebbles and stones primarily used in making concrete, road maintenance, the building industry and most general construction.

Through its Oceans and Islands Programme, SOPAC has undertaken technical work on coastal vulnerability on South Tarawa for many years. During this time, a continuing stress highlighted since the 1980s has been the damaging impact of beach mining on shoreline systems, caused by intense and unsustainable extraction of aggregates.

The ESAT project, which was established to explore alternative sources of beach aggregates, has identified Tarawa’s lagoon.