19 May 2014

New Caledonia/NZ science links explored

12:41 pm on 19 May 2014

A scientific delegation from New Caledonia says it hopes to build greater collaboration by visiting environmental agencies in New Zealand.

The Director of the South Pacific Integrated Observatory for Environment and Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity says his agency shares many concerns with organisations in New Zealand and it makes sense to share expertise on mutual challenges.

Bernard Pelletier says he hopes the idea of a Pacific-based environmental observatory will gain support.

"One of the objectives is to follow the evolution of climate and the impact of the climate on biodiversity. For example one important thing is the acidification of the ocean. We know very little about that. We are here to discuss the possibility of putting an observatory a long term observatory, in the South West Pacific to follow these kind of processes."

Bernard Pelletier