The 30th Pacific Islands Environment Conference (PIEC) will be held on 23-28 June 2019 in Guam, Tumon, on the theme of “Greening Growth in the Pacific.”
This bi-annual conference comes seven years after the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio +20, where nations gathered, including the small island developing states, to reaffirm their commitment to safeguarding the environment for future generations.
A key focus of the conference will be learning more about zero waste principles and strategies. Workshops on three waste management disciplines will precede the Conference beginning 23 June 2019 in collaboration with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).
As part of the PIEC, coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from Pacific nations will gather for the 5th Guam Coral Reef Symposium on 25-28 June 2019. The event will address the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability, and it will showcase the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans will highlight work underway on land and underwater to better understand and conserve coral reefs.