Pacific Islands Environmental Conference kicks off this week

The resolution calls for a pause to the designation of critical coral habitats all around Guam. (file photo)

The Pacific Islands Environmental Conference, a bi-annual conference, is being held on Guam this year and is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, June 25, at the Hyatt Regency Guam, beginning at 8 a.m.

According to the governor’s office, one of the organizers of the conference, there are now nearly 500 confirmed attendees—250 more than anticipated.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Greening Growth in the Pacific.” The conference agenda will focus on the urgency of building a Green Economy due to the global climate change crisis.

The islands in the Pacific are on the very frontlines of this global crisis and are being forced to reassess their waste reduction strategy, food, water, and energy security, and to take steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said in a news release.

The conference is expected to draw delegates from environmental protection professions, including managers, field representatives, environmental governance officials, international and national leaders.

Along with diplomats, Adelup said an Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force, concerned business owners, a visionary scientist, indigenous activist, and non-profit groups from around the world will be participating in the conference.

Throughout the six-day event, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) will deliver pre-conference workshops and training. Professional certifications will also be available on managing composting systems, managing integrated solid waste management systems, radon measurements, and zero waste systems and principles.

In addition, information exchange will be held on building green infrastructure as it relates to storm-water, wastewater, drinking water, and non-point source systems.

A Coral Reef Symposium will also be held on “Coral Reef Conservation and Resilience Strategies” in concert with the recently established Coral Reef Task Force.

The conference is organized by a multisectoral partnership comprised of the Office of the Governor, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, and Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans, with funding from the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Nature Conservancy, and members of the Guam business community.