SUVA, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Regional geoscientists and experts are working on strategies to mitigate the imminent threats of climate change at the Pacific Islands Science, Technology and Resources Conference (STAR) in Suva.
While opening the STAR conference in Suva on Tuesday, Fijian Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Siddiq Koya emphasised the seriousness of the task ahead of them.
"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," Koya said, adding that 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."
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 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.