The Goro Nickel Mining company in New Caledonia has temporarily stopped the construction of a waste disposal pipe amid protests by environmentalists and activists.
Goro started to build a 21 kilometre long underwater pipe to carry liquid mining waste for disposal into the lagoon at the Havannah Channel about two weeks ago.
Activists and environmentalist say the pipe will cause severe environmental damage and demand a halt to the construction.
Goro Nickel management has met local residents at the weekend to discuss the issue and agreed to halt the construction work temporarily to respond to the environmental concern.
Further meetings are planned this week.