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Thursday, March 29, 2007

To'abaita youth chosen as the only Solomon Islander to represent USP team to the "Pacific Future Environment Leaders Forum in Samoa

A To'abaita student at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva has been selected as the only Solomon Islands' representative in the USP team to accompany another nine regional students to the upcoming "Pacific Future Environment Leaders Forum" in Apia (Samoa) next week.

Mr Wilfred Arnon Atomea Jnr (pictured) is a final semester undergraduate student in Marine Studies. He hails from Manakwai Village in the heart of North Malaita Constituency (To'abaita).

Wilfred Atomea says the USP team will be leaving for Samoa this coming Saturday (31st March). The ten member student delegation consists of students who are currently doing postgraduate and undergraduate studies in Environmental Science and Marine Studies and are going as a team representing the regional university.

It is understood the the forum is funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and coordinated by SPREP along with the Pacific Youth Environment Network (PYNE).

The main focus of this forum is to: share information, build skills in project management, negotiation and communication, as well as to learn about the Pacific Youth Environment Network (PYEN) and to identify the participants' role as youth in promoting environment for sustainable development issues in the Pacific.

The forum begins on 2nd April to 4th April in which participants will explore three distinctive areas: information/sharing, skills sessions and future initiatives. These sessions will be held at the SPREP Secretariat in Apia and at the USP Alafua Campus.

Mr Atomea also adds that apart from the learning side, the team is representing USP to pursue possible establishment of the PYNE Secretariat at Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji.

The ten member student delegation include Ms Jamal Talagi from Niue; Ms Manatu Samani from Tonga; Mrs Mavis Depaune from Nauru; Moriana Phillip from Marshall Islands; four reps from Fiji- Stephanie Robinson, Akosita Rokomate, Ronald Simpson and Ms Faye Tamani (Team leader); Ueneta Toorua from kiribati and Wilfred Atomea from Solomon Islands.

It is anticipated that there would be other youth representatives from the Pacific region attending this prestigous forum.

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