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Lagoon Survey Reveals Kiribati’s Wartime Past


Funded by the New Zealand Regional Ocean Science Grant, the survey was undertaken as part of the government’s work to reduce the atoll’s damaging reliance on beach mining by identifying potential sources of construction aggregate on the floor of the Tarawa Lagoon. The widespread practice of beach mining has been weakening the atoll’s vulnerable shoreline at a time when the government is trying to protect communities from the worsening impacts of climate change and rising sea levels.

via Lagoon Survey Reveals Kiribati’s Wartime Past – Solomon Times Online.

Report Recommends a Shutdown of Gold Ridge Mining Operations


An independent environment audit into Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Tailings Dam recommends that the Gold Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) should shut down its operations, install the water treatment plant and discontinue any further extraction of water from Chovohio River.

via Report Recommends a Shutdown of Gold Ridge Mining Operations – Solomon Times Online.

Australia Commits Half a Billion to RAMSI Transition


The Australian budget for the coming 12 months sees an increase in budgetary support to the transition of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Labor government Treasurer Wayne Swan revealed that defense spending is set to increase despite Australian troops withdrawing from Solomon Islands, Afghanistan and East Timor this calendar year.

via Australia Commits Half a Billion to RAMSI Transition – Solomon Times Online.