This book addresses the economic component of ESD (ecological sustainable development) in the Pacific. It is primarily concerned with the role that conventional economic issues plays in the viability of natural resource and environmental projects in the Pacific. As the success of projects also depends on relevant scientific knowledge and appropriateness of an activity, it is assumed in this book that this knowledge and know-how is already available.
A proposal for the establishment of a national meteorological and hydrological service : a report prepared for the Government of the Republic of Nauru
This report has been prepared at the request of the Government of Nauru to provide advice and instruction for the establishment of a National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NMHS) in this country.
A National Meteorological and Hydrological Service is to be established in Nauru to provide scientific and technical advice to the government and people of Nauru. Nauru is the only independent country or self-governing territory within the membership of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) not to have an established NMHS.
The economy of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is dependent on trade, exports in particular, which rose from $985 million to $2.5 trillion during 1980–2004. Exports increased from 35% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 1986 to 48% in 2002, even increasing by more than 50% for some years. Imports exhibited moderate growth at about 30% of GDP.
Assessing the Capacity of Papua New Guinea to Implement the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
This report has been prepared by Economics Consulting Services for Markham Valley Biomass Limited. It describes the expected economic impacts of a biomass based power station in the Lae region of Papua New Guinea. The Ramu electricity grid is the most extensive in PNG and is growing but suffers from a lack of reliable capacity. There are significant benefits from any improvement in the capacity and reliability of the grid but the focus in this study is not on these benefits but on the incremental benefits of delivering reliable electricity using biomass as the primary energy