Communique Issued by Pacific Islands Environmental Conference on Sustainable Development
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): June 24, 1997 - The Pacific Islands Environmental Conference on Sustainable Development held in Pohnpei from June 16th to the 20th issued a communique of which the text is as follows:
"WE, the participants of this Conference, have come together to discuss a topic of great urgency to the peoples of the Pacific Islands - Sustainable development. Having carefully considered the issues of science, economics, and society, we issue this communique for the consideration of the people, governments, regional organizations, and institutions of the Pacific Islands and our fellow citizens of the globe.
WHEREAS, through traditional practices people of the Pacific Islands have, for centuries, practiced careful stewardship of their environment; and
WHEREAS, the Pacific Islands are unique because they are isolated from contential land masses and have limited natural resources, fragile ecological environments, high biodiversity and endemism; and
WHEREAS, local and global economic development activities offer hope but threaten Pacific Islands ecologies and cultures; and
WHEREAS, reef ecosystems face growing threats from land-based development and off-shore human activities; and
WHEREAS, current waste disposal practices are inefficient and degrade our land and water; and
WHEREAS, this generation has an obligation to ensure the right of future generations to a level of environmental quality equal to and exceeding that which it has enjoyed;
NOW THEREFORE, we resolve to support the following recommendations:
NOW THEREFORE, we further resolve to review our progress toward meeting these recommendations at the next Pacific Islands Environmental Conference"
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