3 Nov 2004

UNDP and SOPAC sign water project to improve quality of life in the Pacific

4:24 pm on 3 November 2004

The United Nations Development Programme or UNDP and the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission are signing an agreement in Suva this afternoon that promises to improve the lives of many Pacific Islanders.

A spokeswoman for the UNDP, Asenaca Ravuvu says the project is designed so people will be able to manage water resources in a sustainable manner.

"The overall project goal is to improve the livelihoods and health, you know economic developments, and basically linking that with the protection of the eco-systems that enable countries to have sustainable integrated management of their water resources. At this point that is what we are working towards, what will actually come out of the assessment will then decide the details of what is done in the countries."

Countries set to benefit from the agreement are Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility.