The Pacific Regional Training Workshop on Environment, Community, Health and Safety was held in Suva, on 1-4 December, 2015. The event was opened by Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Fiji; Amb. Andrew Jacobs, Head of the EU Delegation to the Pacific; and Ms. Osnat Lubrani, UNDP Resident Representative Fiji.
Forty-four participants were supported to attend from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. The participants represented public stakeholders such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders such as small-scale mining enterprises, associations, and business development centres; and social stakeholders such as civil society organizations and community groups.
The event was co-hosted by the Government of Fiji and the Pacific Community (SPC). A field trip was held to two aggregate quarries providing building materials for Fiji and the wider Pacific and a rehabilitated quarry that is now an eco-tourism resort. The co-trainers of the Workshop were Associate Professor Carmel Bofinger, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, University of Queensland; Dr Warwick Browne, RareFind Consulting, Lacina Pakoun (UNDP) and Daniel Franks (UNDP).
Associate Professor Carmel Bofinger, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, University of Queensland
Dr Warwick Browne
Dr Warwick Browne, RareFind Consulting
Lacina Pakoun, Technical Specialist, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, UNDP
Dr Daniel Franks
Dr Daniel Franks, Chief Technical Advisor & Program Manager, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, UNDP