Vanuatu daily news digest | 10 September 2013Posted: September 10, 2013
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is to hold a National Lands Laws Summit next month at the Malfatumauri, Port Vila. It will continue over the 15th and 16th October. It will be to bring together all the ideas that have come from regional forums staring today from leaders in the provinces.
Deputy Prime Minister Natapei says Pacific leaders have agreed it is time the island countries moved a step ahead of the developed countries of the region in entering the solar, hydro and geo-thermal age and invest in such energy producing projects. The South Pacific Forum this year had climate change as its main topic for consideration. DPM Natapei spoke to VBTC News on his return from the Forum meeting. Developed countries do a lot of talking about climate change, and provide aid funds, he said, but there was not enough action, or money on the table. The leaders’ communique stressed the need to take the greatest advantage of our resources to make alternative fuels.
DPM Natapei also told VBTC News that Vanuatu supports the application of New Caledonia to join the Pacific Islands Forum. It is already an observer but wishes to become a full member. The legal requirements will have to be considered before country leaders take the decision concerning New Caledonian membership.
The government planning to revive Vanuatu Livestock Development (VLD), Teouma, as Daily Post indicated yesterday, is intended to boost the number of cattle in Vanuatu. Next year, breeding and supply stations will be established around the country. Agriculture Minister Tosul, an agriculturist, is now planning to acquire the land again according to the ministerial secretary. The Ministry is said to have secured EU funding for the purpose.
Facilities and resources of Biosecurity Vanuatu subject to highly critical appraisal. This is the former Quarantine Department. Government has intended to lift the level of biosecurity, especially at entry points. However, it is claimed that much the organisation tackles is set back by dint of poor equipment. Timothy Tekon of Biosecurity, after his coordination of a three day workshop with colleagues and interested parties at Santo revealed their findings to VBTC News. Inadequate funding is blamed.
Vanuatu has given the right to certain German marine scientists to conduct under water research this year. It was reported that certain under sea hot spots have proven gold deposits. The National Coordinator of Maritime Affairs, Tony Tevi, said the research had already become a concern of the national government. Foreign Affairs ministerial approval is needed before any scientific team can conduct any further research.
Chief Jonathan of Craig Cove says people have problems now accessing fresh and clean water now that we are in the dry season. Not so long ago, Red Cross assisted the West Ambrym people with water pumps, but now these deliver only warm and brackish, salty tasting water, suitable only for washing. VBTC News said Red Cross is looking into the matter.
The Anglican Church of Melanesia has advised that Fr Paterson Alfred Worek will be the next Bishop of the Banks and Torres. He studied to master’s degree in theology level at the Pacific Theological College, Fiji, following a bachelor’s degree at Auckland University. He comes from Motalava and has been working in the Solomons for the Church.