Coastal Clean-up for World Oceans Day
Through its Pacific Node, the University of Newcastle, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) conducted a coastal clean-up of the Moata’a mangrove environment, in Samoa on Monday, 8 June 2020, to celebrate UN World Oceans Day under the banner “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.”
Events also included a waste audit by MNRE, SPREP and Moata’a students, and an official World Oceans Day addresses by MNRE Chief Executive Officer, Afioga Ulu Bismarck Crawley; SPREP Director General, Leota Kosi Latu, and UNESCO Office for Pacific States Director, Ms Nisha.
An initiative of NIER (Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources), the Pacific Node provides a flexible framework to enhance research capacity to support regional priorities in the areas of climate change resilience, ecosystem and biodiversity protection, waste management and pollution control, environmental governance and food security and health.
Working with regional partners, the Pacific Node is contributing to sustainable solutions through strategic activities including targeted PhD scholarships to Pacific Island Nationals; research collaborations tied to the environmental protection priorities of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and other regional organisations; and research training programs to transfer knowledge to practice.
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