SPC Geoscience Division

Home News & Media Releases Latest Deep sea minerals community of practice for the Pacific

Deep sea minerals community of practice for the Pacific

E-mail Print PDF

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union will establish a community of practice for Pacific Islands’ policy officers and legislative drafters involved in deep sea minerals.

 

The new initiative is a key outcome of an intensive regional training workshop on deep sea minerals policy formulation and legislative drafting hosted by the Government of Samoa and organised with SPC in Apia last week.

 

The virtual community of practitioners will usefully exchange practices, experiences, questions and challenges with regards to the development and implementation of their deep sea mineral policies and legislation.

 

The Director of SPC’s Geoscience Division, Professor Mike Petterson, said the initiative will enable policy officers and legislative drafters to share and discuss the future development of deep sea mineral regulatory frameworks, including the strengths and weaknesses in existing deep sea mineral policies and legislation, and to grasp whether there is a need for further development and changes.

 

 

“Additionally it will ensure that there’s a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the Pacific region as a whole, as well as the ability to identify possible areas of regional cooperation and information sharing for deep sea mineral activities,” Prof Petterson said.

 

The new virtual community will be facilitated through a blog or portal managed by SPC as part of its European Union-funded Deep Sea Minerals Project.

 

“The community of practice proposed within the project will enhance the governance of deep sea minerals in the region,” the Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs, said. ”It is another effort to ensure that deep sea minerals in the Pacific are managed sustainably and we are supportive of such efforts.”

 

Initiated in 2011, the project has been assisting Pacific Island countries in accessing all available information and for those who wish to engage in deep sea mineral activities, by supporting informed governance in accordance with international law, with particular attention to the protection of the marine environment and securing equitable financial arrangements for the benefit of Pacific people.

 

As one of its key result areas, the project aims to assist Pacific Island countries in the formulation of national policy, legislation and regulations to ensure the responsible governance and careful management of deep sea mineral resources.

 

The workshop in Apia, Samoa, was attended by 70 participants from 13 Pacific Island countries.


 

Media contact: Marie Bourrel, SPC Deep Sea Minerals Project Legal Advisor,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,  +679 324 9292

 

Photo: The Director of our Geoscience Division, Prof Mike Petterson, met with eight former interns at the Deep Sea Minerals workshop in Apia,Samoa, (from left to right: Teona Ivano [PNG], Melino Bain-Vete [Fiji], Maito’o Hauirae [Solomoni Islands]; Eric Iban [RMI]; Taaitulagi Tuioti [Samoa]; Asterio Takshi [Tuvalu]; Calvy Aonima [Solomon Islands]; Aisiena Taumoepeau [Tonga])

Useful link:  SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project:  http://gsd.spc.int/dsm

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 14:16  

Newsflash

The annual Pacific Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) User Conference will be held from Tuesday 25 - 27 November, 2014 in Suva.

The Conference will be held at the Japan Pacific ICT Centre located at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Laucala Campus and will be opened by the Permanent Secretary of Lands, Mr Tevita Boseiwaqa and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division Director, Professor Michael Petterson.

The theme of the 2014 Conference is “Empowering Pacific Communities through Improved Geospatial Data” where more than 200 participants are expected to converge.

The three-day conference will include plenary presentations and technical sessions to address themes that include but are not limited to using GIS in forestry and landcover, coastal and marine, spatial open source data, disasters, geodetic infrastructure, utilities, and education with case studies from Pacific Island countries. The conference will also showcase the latest technology and applications on GIS presentations.

Dr Wolf Forstreuter, Head of SPC’s GIS/RS Unit commented that this is the only conference in the GIS & RS user community where Pacific Islanders have an opportunity to showcase their GIS & RS applications and meet representatives of spatial data resellers, software, hardware vendors, and scientific specialists. He added, ‘There are some regional conferences in Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia; however, the level of participation by representatives from the Pacific region is often limited at those meetings, as compared to the Suva conference.’