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Experts to assess, develop solutions for Oceania water

Experts to assess, develop solutions for Oceania water
July 19
17:04 2017

The University of the South Pacific (USP) will be working with a team of scientists from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and regional experts and key stakeholders from the region, to identify the most critical water security, equity, and sustainability issues facing New Zealand and the rest of Oceania, as well as develop solutions to tackle the challenges.

Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator at USP’s Emalus Campus in Port Vila said the university had been a champion in the research front in the Pacific with in-house and collaborative projects being undertaken.

“USP has made these research works part of their curriculum and also provides first-hand training to its students,” Dr Kotra said.

“The university is moving towards being an excellent university hence has been vibrant in all areas of research both in the Pacific and all over the world.”

He said USP’s Emalus campus had been hosting these types of collaborative research initiatives for the best usage of student engagement and as a part of science promotion in the region and capacity building.

Dr Kotra welcomed the collaborative initiative from the University of Auckland and Dr Lokesh Padhye; and stressed that the Emalus campus and USP would certainly be part of the network and looked forward to finding sustainable solutions for the needs of the Pacific.

Emalus Campus manager Ruben Markward welcomed Dr Lokesh Padhye and said that the campus was looking forward to these initiatives.

The research work into water quality and sustainability in Oceania was the topic of a presentation by Dr Lokesh Padhye, Senior Lecturer in Engineering of the University of Auckland, hosted by USP’s Emalus Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on June 14.

The Oceania Water Research (OWRC) was established by the Auckland University and Dr Padhye said that its intention was to “create a network of researchers in Oceanic to carry out this project.”

Source: University of the South Pacific



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