The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resource Deputy Secretary, Dr. Raijeli Taga, while opening the week-long 2019 ‘STAR’ Conference at Holiday Inn on the 20th of November, 2019, highlighted that the conference is a forum for exchanging ideas and knowledge with international geoscientists. The STAR network main objective is not only to advance geoscience related skills within the region, but also how can they move the Pacific forward.
Dr. Taga stated that the STAR began with the intention of bringing together learned, qualified, experienced and practitioners in the field of geoscience in the Pacific to discuss matters of concern and to innovate or provide resolutions to these issues with colleagues, especially policy makers from the Island countries.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Water Water Everywhere and Nor a Drop to Drink’.
“With Fiji having presided at the COP23, the Conference theme aligns itself to addressing climate change scenarios,” she said.
Dr. Taga added that the Pacific region is in the spotlight now in terms of ocean science, climate change adaptation and also building of resilient communities. Fiji cannot do it alone but together with our Pacific Island neighbours, on the same platform of research, technology and science, together we understand the changes we currently face in the region.
Among the topics of discussions were: Water and Water Resources, Ocean Geosciences, Geoscience Management, Science of Natural Hazards and Risks to Pacific Communities and Land Use, Energy and Infrastructure Development on Pacific Islands to name a few.