The bridging of stronger relations has been cemented with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Griffith University in Australia.
Over the period of five years the two organisations will collaborate on research, development and capacity building activities in the field of: climate change mitigation and adaptation policy and programs, together with related information, technology and finance issues; development of best practices in environment and climate change management including waste management, coastal zone management, and integrated catchment management; Ecosystem-based approaches and biodiversity conservation; and the integration of traditional culture and knowledge into environment and climate change responses.
"There is a great potential for us to achieve so much through this agreement," said Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of Climate Change at SPREP.
"We're looking forward to the outcomes over the next five years as our links cover a wide range of opportunities from international network building to student internships to joint applications for research and development grants and research centre funding. This is an exciting time for us."
SPREP, with its 26 member governments can contribute to Griffith University's commitment to deepen its engagement with the Asia-Pacific Region. The mandate of SPREP is to promote cooperation in the Pacific region and provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations.
The agreement was signed at the beginning of the Pacific iCLIM Project Inception Workshop hosted in Brisbane, Australia from 28 and 29 April. The Pacific iCLIM project is a joint project between SPREP and Griffith University with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.