REGIONAL geoscientists and experts from the mineral resource sector are working on strategies on how to mitigate the unrelenting and imminent threats of climate change from the geoscience perspective.
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, while opening the annual Science Technology and Resources (STAR) conference in Suva, spoke to the delegates at the conference on the task ahead of them.
With the theme “Geoscience Development in the Pacific Islands- Planning for 2030”, the conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to present tangible development agenda in areas of prime importance to the Pacific.
“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,” Minister Koya said.
He said as an annual conference of geoscientists and related sciences, the attendees will submit papers on geoscience advancement in the Pacific region.
“The submissions and ideas collated at this annual conference will reflect the linkage between the geosciences as a planning tool for islands and natural resources management,” Koya said.
“The underlying principle of this STAR conference is ultimately to engineer strategies to mitigate the unrelenting and imminent threats of climate change from the perceptions of Geoscientist.”
Koya said the Fijian Government recognises the importance and impact of conferences such as STAR network, which was founded in 1984 as joint initiative between SOPAC, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
“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.”
Pacific Community’s (SPC) Geoscience, Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division director Dr. Andrew Jones thanked the Fijian Government for supporting the efforts of institutions like GEM.
The three-day conference will focus on key areas such as ocean geoscience, Science of Natural Hazard and Risks to Pacific Communities including land use, energy and infrastructure development on Pacific Islands.