Call for Pacific mining activities to be managed sustainably

Pacific Island ministers and development experts have called on governments to ensure mining companies are environmentally responsible and comply with international transparency standards.

Fiji this week hosted more than 60 delegates from eight countries to discuss how the region and its people may benefit from mining activities.

The group has called for bold measures to ensure the people of the region benefit from their resources and has urged Pacific governments to learn from global experience, Radio Australia reported.

The measures called for include respect for the environment and human rights, and transparent revenue distribution.

Resources attracting global miners to the Pacific Islands include gas, gold, copper, nickel and deep sea minerals.

Organised by the United Nations Development Program, the conference entitled The Pacific Symposium on Managing Extractive Industries in Pacific Island States included industry representatives and experts from outside the Pacific region as well as participants from Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, East Timor, and Nauru.

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