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Pacific Resource and Environmental Economics Network Gets New Logo May 2010

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The recently established PREEN (Pacific Resource and Environmental Economics Network) unveiled its logo today at a prize giving ceremony hosted by the IUCN in Suva. The logo depicts land, sea, fish, turtles and mangroves. Also included in the logo is a scene of traditional fishers at work.

 

"The logo is intended to illustrate examples of resources that communities across the Pacific rely on for their well being," said Taholo Kami, Regional Director of IUCN Oceania which cofounded the PREEN along with SOPAC and the SPC. "The fishers emphasise that people’s decisions and actions are at the core of the natural resource and environmental issues we face. The effective management of these kinds of issues is then critical to supporting and sustaining livelihoods in the region. The PREEN members will provide key analytical inputs to support sustainable use and management decisions."

 

 

Designer of the logo, Sailesh Kumar Sen, explained that his logo was not only inspired by the people and resources in the Pacific but also economics work itself. "The dotted line at the bottom of the logo represents both the graphs that economists usually use as well as the network of economists working together with scientists and communities," he said.

Dr Russell Howorth, Director of SOPAC, congratulated Sailesh on the logo, noting that "the logo presents the face of environmental and resource economics in the region". Dr Howorth reiterated the importance of the PREEN as a forum for environmental and resource economics practitioners, and others interested in the use of economics to exchange information, ideas and experiences for mutual learning and professional development.

The PREEN was established in 2009 and has over 30 members spanning 18 organisations including 5 Regional Organisations and 10 countries.

For more information, please contact the PREEN focal persons:

Dr Padma Narsey Lal
IUCN Oceania
Phone: +61 458518281
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Ms Paula Holland
SOPAC
Phone: +679 3381377
(ext 245)
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Ms Marita Manley
SPC
Phone:+679 3370733
(ext 346)
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Or visit the PREEN websiteexternal  link

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 June 2010 15:55  

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“Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing is one of the fastest developing technologies no matter whether you are a provider, and developer or a user. And here in the region and for the benefit of Pacific island countries and territories we are all striving to stay at the ‘cutting edge of the technology.’  In this regard the theme of this Conference focusing on mapping Pacific resources is very timely”, said Dr. Russell Howorth, Director, SOPAC Division of SPC, in the opening keynote at the Pacific GIS/RS User Conference held at Suva last week.

The growing impact of GIS and Remote Sensing was very much evident by the record number of attendees and presentations at the conference. Around 300 participants, from the around the Pacific Region convened for the three and half days of presentations, workshops and discussions.

Current and upcoming trends in the geospatial fields such as LiDAR (light detection and ranging) Imagery, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), recent progress in vegetation and land cover mapping, improvements in satellite technologies, imagery classification and open source software were heavily covered during the conference.

The conference has been held annually in Suva for the Pacific region since 1999, is free to attend and jointly organized by Secretariat of the Pacific Community, University of the South Pacific, various departments of the Fiji Government, with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), satellite data and GIS software companies.