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A number of economic studies have been conducted in the region in recent years to support improved waste management practices, as well as improved management of coral reefs and mangroves. A list of these studies is provided below, and where possible, links to the full text reports have been provided. Links to recently published environmental economics toolkits are also included on this page.

Economics of Waste Management

Hajkowicz and Okotai, 2005. An Economic Valuation of Watershed Management in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Brisbane, Australia.
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Hajkowicz, Tellames and Aitaro, 2005. Economic Cost Scenarios for Solid Waste Related Pollution in Palau. SPREP IWP-Pacific Technical Report.
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Lal, P., Saloa, K. and Uili, F., 2006. Economics of Liquid Waste Management, Funafuti, Tuvalu. SPREP IWP-Pacific Technical Report 36.
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Lal and Takau, 2006. Economic Costs of Waste in Tonga. SPREP IWP-Pacific Technical Report
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Economics of Coral Reefs

Jacobs et al., 2004. Economic Valuation of Coral Reefs and Adjacent Habitats in American Samoa. Report prepared for the Department of Commerce, American Samoa.
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Lal,P. and A. Cerelala, 2005. Financial and Economic Analysis of Wild Harvest and Cultured Live Coral and Live Rock in Fiji. Report prepared for FSPI, SPREP and Department of Environment, Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Fiji
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Lal, P. Coral Reef Use and Management- The Need, Role and Prospects of Economic Valuation in the Pacific. In: Ahmed, Chong & Cesar (Eds)
Economic Valuation and Policy Priorities for Sustainable Management of Coral reefs, WorldFish? Centre
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Van Beukering, P. et al., 2006. The Economic Value of the Coral Reefs of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Report prepared by Cesar Environmental Consulting.
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Van Beukering, P. et al., 2005. The Economic Value of Guam’s Coral Reefs. Draft report, University of Guam.

Cesar, Van Beukering, Pintz and Dierking, 2002. The Economic Value of the Coral Reefs of Hawaii. Report prepared for NOAA and University of Hawaii.
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Economics of Mangroves

Lal, P., 2003. Economic Valuation of Mangroves and Decision-Making? in the Pacific. Ocean and Coastal Management 46, pp.823-844.

Naylor, R. and Drew, M., 1998. Valuing Mangrove Resources in Kosrae, Micronesia. Environment and Development Economics. 3, pp. 471-490.

Economics of Protected Areas

Iverson, T., 2008. The Economic Impact of a Proposed Mariana Trench Marine National Monument: An Exploratory Study. Report prepared for the Pew Centre for Environment.
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Van Beukering and Cesar, 2004. Economic Analysis of Marine Managed Areas in the Main Hawaiian Islands. Report prepared for NOAA.
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Economic Value of Marine and Terrestrial Resources

Mohd-Shahwahid? and McNally?, 2001. An Economic Valuation of the Terrestrial and Marine Resources of Samoa. Report prepared for the Division of Environment and Conservation, MNRE Samoa, WWF-UK and WWF-South Pacific
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Environmental Economics Toolkits

United Nations Development Programme, 2007. Environmental Economics Tool Kit: Analyzing the Economic Costs of Land Degradation and the Benefits of Sustainable Land Management
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Joint Nature Conservation Committee, 2007. Valuing the Environment in Small Islands - An Environmental Economics Toolkit
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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:32  


Newsflash

Delegations from Pacific governments, along with international donors and prominent scientific organisations will meet in the Cook Islands during the second week of October to investigate and discuss aspects of mineral resources development in the Pacific region.

This will be during the Third meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC), whose running theme will be 'Opportunities and challenges of developing natural resources in large ocean states'.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Circum-Pacific Council (CPC) meeting, along with 2013 STAR* (Science, Technology and Resources Network) Session.

Professor Michael Petterson, SOPAC Division Director, expressed his gratitude to the Cook Islands Government for hosting the meetings, and further added that 'As a new Director attending my first Divisional meeting, I am very excited to be able to meet and discuss one of the key aspects of development for the Pacific: sustainably and inclusively developing mineral resources. The advent of Deep Sea Minerals could bring many changes to the Pacific and we all need to prepare and be informed. I will also be presenting my new vision for where I would like to take SOPAC Division during my tenureship. Let us also not forget STAR and the very last year of it's chair, Professor John Collen who has, again, produced a very exciting programme for us to learn from and contribute to. I look forward to seeing everybody and extend a very warm welcome.'

Circum-Pacific Council is an association of earth scientists, engineers, and oceanographers in the Pacific region, while STAR was founded in 1985 to facilitate the continuing provision of advice to SOPAC by the international geoscience community.

The main theme of the STAR Conference is 'Large ocean states: challenges, opportunities and risks in developing non-living marine and onland natural resources', and papers on renewable energy and deep sea minerals will be presented.

For further information, please go to: http://www.sopac.org/index.php/sopac-3