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Minister Challenges STAR Conference Participants

  Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya has challenged the participants of the Pacific Islands Science, Technology and Resources (STAR) Network Conference 2017. The Minister
27 Jun 2017 11:00
Minister Challenges STAR Conference Participants
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya with stakeholders during the offical opening of the STAR 2017 Conference at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya has challenged the participants of the Pacific Islands Science, Technology and Resources (STAR) Network Conference 2017.

The Minister asked, “What can and will you, in your current capacity, do to re-invigorate STAR for the future, reflecting on its past? This is the question I pose to the committee and attending regional delegates.”

Mr Koya opened the four day conference which got underway at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

“The Fijian Government recognises the importance and impacts of conferences such as the Pacific Islands Science, Technology and Resources (STAR) Network Conference 2017.

Star Network was founded in 1984 as a joint initiative between SOPAC, the IOC and UNESCO.

“The underlying principle of this STAR Conference is ultimately to engineer strategies to mitigate the unrelenting and imminent threats of climate change from the perception of Geoscientists,” he added.

“This is by no means a small undertaking; it requires a collaborative effort on all your parts to ensure that the Pacific realises opportunities for sustainable ocean development focusing on targeted growth that can be measured upon scientific principles and data.

These forums play a vital role in mapping out local and regional adaptation programs to further our collective struggles against the unforgiving effects of climate change.

The theme of the forum is “Geoscience and Sustainable Ocean and Islands Resources in the Pacific Island Region”.

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

Therefore, at the end of this conference, I look forward to concrete resolutions being reached to outline the value in refreshing and animating scientific alliances to showcase useful work, techniques and instrumentation that may be adapted to address development issues of the Pacific region.

Edited by Karalaiani Waqanidrola

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