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STAR 2011

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE STAR* SESSION 2011

The 2011 STAR (SOPAC's Science, Technology and Resources Network) Conference will be held in Nadi, Fiji from October 16th to 22nd, preceding the First SOPAC/SPC Division Meeting chaired by the Government of the Cook Islands. The overall theme of the Conference will be “Adaption to Climate Change and Environmental Change in the Pacific Islands”. As part of the meeting, a one-day joint STAR-Circum Pacific Council session on Seabed Minerals will be held on Monday 17th.

As is usual, papers on any theme related to Pacific geoscience in the region are welcomed and will be included in the STAR Programme if possible. All delegates are invited to make STAR presentations and also to participate in the STAR Working Groups which allow discussion of specialist topics and issues important to the region. It is the responsibility of the STAR Chair to formally report to the SPC/SOPAC Division Meeting on the STAR presentations in so far as they indicate new science and technical directions or have implications for the work of the SOPAC Division.

Those delegates who wish to make a presentation should indicate their intention on the Registration Form. Details of STAR themes and guidelines and working groups for the submission of STAR abstracts are available as a separate circular from the Chair of STAR, John Collen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Abstracts should be sent by email in Word format to John Collen no later than 12th September 2011.

Space will be provided for poster displays, maps and other material relevant to the SOPAC Division's Work Programme. Slide and overhead projection facilities will be available for STAR presentations. Daily sessions will be held during the hours 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30. Time will be made available in the evenings for presentations that may be longer than can be fitted into the main programme, or are on topics not directly related to the SOPAC Division's Work Programme.

A STAR Abstracts volume will be provided to all delegates at the start of the meeting.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:49  

Newsflash

Tuesday 15 October 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Rarotonga, Cook Islands - The Office of the Prime Minister in Cook Islands called a special meeting of the National Platform for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management on Friday 4 October, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate stakeholder input in Cook Islands for the proposed new regional strategy for disaster and climate resilient development in the Pacific (SRDP).

The development of the SRDP, referred to as 'the roadmap process’, is led by Pacific Island countries and territories. Stakeholder engagement is being sought throughout the Pacific region in a variety of forums. During the Cook Islands meeting participants had the opportunity to learn about the roadmap process and provide their suggestions concerning its development.

Teina Mackenzie is an Executive Board Member for the Te Ipukarea Society, an environmental NGO in Cook Islands. She says, ‘The most encouraging aspect of the recent meeting is that it seeks true engagement of stakeholders and the community at the outset of the proposed strategy.’