Biosafety issues are becoming very contentious today given the uncertainty of the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on the environment, biodiversity and the people. There are those that view GMOs as an answer to alleviating world hunger and mitigating global health problems through the introduction of new and technologically advanced GMO for food, feed, food processing and pharmaceuticals. Then there is the other group that argue that GMOs pose a risk to the environment, biological diversity and the safety and health of the people.
Papers, case studies, research results and conversations about rapid urbanisation in the Pacific and the hopes, experiences and adjustments people make to living in town. Publication of this issue was supported by the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) at the Australian National University. SSGM is the leading international centre for applied multidisciplinary research and analysis concerning contemporary state, society and governance issues in Melanesia and the broader Pacific.
We have been championing the case for an Independent Commission Against Corruption since 2010 and have urged for the implementation of the recommendations of various Commission of Inquiry, including those into the Department of Finance and the Special Agriculture Business Lease land grab.
This guide assists PICs to build on existing laws and institutions to protect their environments, economies and societies from plastic pollution, improve waste management and recovery, and find alternative and practical solutions to avoidable plastic use.