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Young people debate topic of deep sea minerals

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the European Union and the Government of the Solomon Islands hosted a national youth debate on deep sea minerals on Thursday (4 June 2015) at the National Auditorium in Honiara.

 

SPC initiated this debate in an effort to increase public awareness of issues related to deep seabed minerals in the Pacific, including for the Solomon Islands.

 

The debate featured 14 youths from nine high schools in Honiara.

 

Prior to the debate, the students took part in training after school hours on different aspects of deep sea minerals and mining to improve their understanding of the potential positive and negative aspects of this emerging industry and what it may mean for the Solomon Islands.

 

“The debate aimed to encourage young people and students to research and gain more knowledge on matters relating to deep sea minerals and to encourage a participatory approach whereby all stakeholders can frankly exchange views on various issues relating to deep sea minerals,” the SPC Deep Sea Minerals Project Team Leader, Akuila Tawake said.

“This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to increase public understanding of the key issues related to the management of deep sea mineral resources rights across the Pacific region,” Mr Tawake added.

 

"The debate aims to raise awareness and involve civil society in a process that does present strong arguments in favour and against. The economic benefits need to be carefully weighed by all stakeholders against possible environmental and social costs,” the European Union’s Head of Operations in Solomon Islands, Ioannis-Pavlos Evangelidis, said.

 

“I hope this debate will help sensitise the Solomon Islands Government and its people around a question that could influence future generations. I hope that collectively, we can reach an informed decision, rather than leave the initiative to the private sector,” he added.

 

“I am privileged and honoured to be part of this debate organized by SPC and the Solomon Islands Government. I have learned a lot of things during the course of the trainings. As a Solomon Island citizen and a future leader of tomorrow, this debate will help me make the right decisions when the time comes, but for the time being I am happy to be able to create awareness of issues relating to deep sea minerals and mining,” Debate winner, Ms Patisha Del Wate from King George IV High School said.

 

Deep sea mineral deposits, such as seafloor massive sulphides, cobalt rich crusts and manganese nodules, have been discovered within the Exclusive Economic Zones of Pacific Island countries and territories, sparking commercial interests from mining companies due to the high concentration of metals like copper, gold, silver, zinc, lead, cobalt, nickel and platinum.

 

These minerals are increasingly being recognized as a future potential source of revenue and economic development for many Pacific Island countries.


Media contact: Vira Atalifo, SPC Deep Sea Minerals Project Support Officer (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +679 3249303 or +679 3381377 ext: 36303

Caption: Debate winner, Patisha Del Wate, from King George IV High School

 

 

Newsflash

We finally turned the corner with our major consultative event for 2013: the Joint Meetingof the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management & Pacific Climate Change Roundtable which was held in Nadi, Fiji from 8th - 11th July, preceded by a series of 5 separate technicalmeetings from 1st - 5th July also in Nadi.

It took us about 8 months to make preparations and I think this paid off - big time!!. A number of participants from around the region and from other parts of the world were pleased to be able to participate and to achieve really good outcomes such as the re- commitment by the region to integration and the articulation of some key areas of challenge and interest which will be used to help shape a strategy for disaster and climate resilient development for the region by 2015.

This is the second issue of Snapshots for 2013 and we have for you a number of interesting stories. We cover some of the results of the meetings in July and also the work that is on going on DRM within our Pacific island countries and territories.

We showcase some of the exciting work being done at the regional level and also work done by our partners whom we are proud to work with.

Last but not least we are now also inviting our partners to contribute to future editions of Snapshots and look forward to receiving updates on their efforts in DRM implementation in the Pacific island countries and territories.

I hope you enjoy this issue.

Mosese Sikivou
Deputy Director
Disaster Reduction Programme

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