SPREP and University of Newcastle commit to solutions for a sustainable Pacific

Today at the inaugural Clean Pacific Roundtable in Suva, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Progamme (SPREP) and the University of Newcastle.

The agreement signifies the beginning of a new partnership to implement solutions for the benefit of both the environment and Pacific island communities.

Through the agreement, the University of Newcastle's excellence in applied research, development and problem solving will be utilised by SPREP in a number of environmental fields. These include energy efficiency and renewable energy, resource management, contaminated land and hazardous wastes, sustainable environmental practices), disaster preparedness and risk reduction and connection to business and the private sector.

MoU signing
Pictured above: Dr Alan Broadfoot from the University of Newcastle, with Director General of SPREP, Mr Kosi Latu, at the Clean Pacific Roundtable in Suva. Photo: A.Carvan/SPREP

At the signing, Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP said that the signing of this agreement signifies an important partnership:

"The expertise and ability that the University of Newcastle brings in terms of applied solutions will be incredibly useful to the work of SPREP, our member countries and territories and to the whole Pacific region. This is a momentous occasion for SPREP and can be considered to be one of the enduring outcomes from this Clean Pacific Roundtable."

Signing the MoU on behalf of the University of Newcastle was Dr Alan Broadfoot, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources. Mr Broadfoot expressed his delight at the new commitment to cooperation between the two parties:

"The University of Newcastle is very excited to be here at the Clean Pacific Roundtable where three of our Professors are here to engage with the programme. We come with the strength and motivation to work with SPREP and its members to develop solutions through applied research, integrated training and innovation. It's the beginning of a new partnership and we're looking forward to working with SPREP to implement practical solutions across the region."

The inaugural Clean Pacific Roundtable is being held from 25 - 28 July 2016 at the Holiday Inn, Suva, The Clean Pacific Roundtable is coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with the generous support of JICA and the European Union. For further information, please visit: https://www.sprep.org/clean-pacific-roundtable

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