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SOUTH PACIFIC REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (SPREP) Apia, Samoa

PRESS RELEASE June 10, 2001

INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC POLICY

Representatives from a dozen Pacific Island countries are meeting in Apia next week to look at sustainable development by integrating economic and environmental policies.

The South Pacific Workshop on Integrating Economic and Environmental Policies and Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Development, is being presented by the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

SPREP Director, Mr. Tamarii Tutangata says that Natural Resource Economics can offer valuable tools to assist successful integration. "This is now especially true as concepts and techniques have been advanced to take greater account of the sustainability of human well being and welfare."

The aims of the workshop will be to:

The workshop has been designed to enable senior environmental and economic policy makers in PICs to deepen their understanding of, and assess, what valuation techniques, economic instruments and natural resource accounting can do to policy integration in the region.

The workshop is being funded jointly by COMSEC, UNESCAP, WWF and the Samoan Department for Lands, Surveys and Environment. The Division of Environment and Conservation will also participate as presenters. Resource persons from the Australian National University and London University will also be in attendance.

To complement the workshop, participants will be invited to review the draft Global Environment Outlook No.3 and linkages to Rio+10 regional and national preparations.

For additional information: Fatu Tauafiafi: fatut@sprep.org.ws or Chris Peteru: chrisp@sprep.org.ws 

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