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STAR Conference To Focus On Sustainable Resources

The Science, Technology and Resources Network (STAR) conference starting tomorrow will serve as a platform to discuss avenues on sustainable management of the regions oceans and islands resources. The Ministry
25 Jun 2017 17:03
STAR Conference To Focus On Sustainable Resources
The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources Permanent Secretary and Chair of STAR steering committee, Malakai Finau

The Science, Technology and Resources Network (STAR) conference starting tomorrow will serve as a platform to discuss avenues on sustainable management of the regions oceans and islands resources.

The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources will host the STAR conference from tomorrow and rounds up on Thursday at the Nadi Tanoa International Hotel with the theme “Geoscience and Sustainable Ocean and Islands Resources in the Pacific Island Region”.

The forum will provide an opportunity for delegates to present tangible development agenda in the areas of prime importance to the Pacific Small Island Developing States and the region such as Resources for Pacific Communities, Ocean Geoscience, Science of Natural Hazards and Risks to Pacific Communities and Land Use and Infrastructure Development on Pacific Islands.

The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources Permanent Secretary and Chair of STAR steering committee, Malakai Finau, said that the conference is a meeting of Geoscientists and related sciences and would reflect on the linkages between the Geosciences and the Oceans and Islands and its natural resources.

“The STAR Conference is about how we here in the Pacific manoeuvre ourselves to prepare and mitigate for the damage that we have imposed on our oceans and the imminent threats of climate change here in the region from the Geoscience perspective” he said.

“Though the theme of the conference is broad, sessions will focus on submitted papers that address Cyclones and Coastal Hazards, Volcanic Hazards in the Pacific, Deep-sea Minerals, Hydrogeology and Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing and more importantly Geo-resources of the Pacific Region and this is a special session in itself,” added PS Finau.

The conference will be co-sponsored by the Government of Fiji and the Geoscience Division of the Pacific Community (SPC).

The Ministry is also grateful for the kind sponsorship and assistance provided by Standard Concrete Industries (Fiji) and XINFA Mines (Fiji) and the UNDP neglected development minerals project. The conference is also supported by the Circum-Pacific Council.

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