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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  


The European Union, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Government of Kiribati yesterday formalised a 3.3 Million Euro (4.75 Million AUD) partnership that is expected to increase access to safe water and sanitation in 35 villages in Kiribati's Gilbert Islands.

Funded by the European Union and to be implemented by SPC, the Water and Sanitation in Kiribati Outer Islands project will focus on improving water and sanitation infrastructure on the 16 islands of Kiribati's Gilbert group. It will also improve management of water and sanitation at the community level.

On signing the agreement, the EU’s Ambassador to the Pacific, Mr Andrew Jacobs highlighted the importance of effective partnerships to support local communities when pursuing development goals.

‘The European Union, SPC and Kiribati have forged a fruitful partnership over the years. This project is yet another example thereof. This project also reflects the EU's continued commitment to support the government of Kiribati and its people in their efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], which are due for assessment in 2015,’ he said.