2 May 2008

Two Samoas hold environment summit

1:30 pm on 2 May 2008

Protection of marine and land resources has been the focus of an environment summit between the two Samoas.

A six member delegation from the South Pacific Environment Program, Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Ministry of Agriculture, and Fisheries attended the 2 day summit.

Local agencies represented were Marine and Wildlife, Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service.

Faleafaga Tony Tipamaa, leader of the Samoa delegation says the two Samoas share the same environmental challenges.

"We are faced with the mynah bird problem and not only that, we are looking at controlling some of the invasive species - not only for the land areas but for the marine areas as well. We are also are looking at waste management as one of the key environmental issues.... the solid waste management and also we are looking at waste and chemical contamination."