Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)

Commission du Pacifique Sud pour les géosciences appliquées (PACSU)

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1972, Manila (Philippines), as Committee for Co-ordination of Joint Prospecting for Mineral Resources in the South Pacific Offshore Areas (CCOP/SOPAC) -- Comité de coordination des recherches en commun de ressources minérales au large des côtes du Pacifique du Sud, as a special regional body under the aegis of the then United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE), currently United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In late 1974, a UNDP Marine Geologist was appointed and a Technical Secretariat set up in Suva (Fiji). In 1984, became an independent, regional inter-governmental body through signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by member countries, which was replaced by a new constitution known as the Tarawa Agreement, adopted Oct 1990, coming into force 18 Nov 1990. Subsequently changed title to South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission, 1989. Current name adopted, 2006. As of 1 Jan 2011, transformed into a Division within Pacific Community (SPC).


Contribute to sustainable development, reduced poverty and enhanced resilience for the people of the Pacific by supporting development of natural resources, particularly non-living resources, investigating natural systems and the management of vulnerability through applied environmental geosciences, appropriate technologies, knowledge management, technical and policy advice, human resource development and advocacy of Pacific issues.

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Key programmes (3): 'Ocean and Islands' - focuses on improved technical knowledge of ocean and island ecosystems for sustainable management of natural resources through resource use solutions, monitoring physical and chemical change in ecosystems and natural resources governance; 'Community Lifelines' - focuses on improved community access to energy, water and sanitation and information and communication technologies through resources assessment, development and management, asset management and Community Lifelines governance and advocacy; 'Community Risk' - focuses on improved disaster risk management practices to build safer and more resilient communities.


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Relations with 14 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 21 countries
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Subjects *

  • Geophysics
    • Geophysics
  • Resources
    • Resources
  • Action
    • Application
  • Society
    • Disadvantaged
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



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28. Nov 2011
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