23 Jun 2009

US Pacific discusses strategies for environment

3:09 pm on 23 June 2009

Environmental leaders from the Pacific territories of the United States have gathered in the Northern Marinanas to discuss a sustainable future for the Pacific Islands.

The four-day conference is being held at the Saipan World Resort with representatives from the US, the CNMI, Guam, American Samoa, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands.

The press officer for the Environmental Protection Agency, Dean Higuchi, says the leaders will use the four days to discuss strategies for improving the environment.

"Looking at ways to be more energy efficient and conservce resources and protect valuable environmental resources such as coral reefs. Each area will be looking at discussing not only in terms of success stories but other strategies they've used to forward environmental programmes throughout their areas."

Dean Higuchi says it's up to each individual government to take away what they can from the conference, and implement what they can in their own territories.