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27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference kicks off

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THE Guam Environmental Protection Agency kicked off the opening day of the 27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference (PIEC) at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon, with discussions and presentations revolving around the theme "Reduce. Balance. Enhance."

GEPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios commended GEPA staff for working hard to put the conference together.

Palacios said more than 250 people registered for the PIEC this year. The attendees include environmental experts, leaders, and stakeholders from the Micronesian region, Hawaii, the continental U.S., and the Philippines.

“It is very encouraging to know that no matter which jurisdiction we live in, we share similar challenges,” Palacios said.

The conference is coordinated every two years and hosted in an American territory in the Pacific, according to GEPA Public Information Officer Tammy Jo Anderson-Taft.

Just like the last PEIC hosted by Guam in 2005, Anderson-Taft said the conference gathers participants from the region and other locations to collaborate and discuss current and “best practices” as well as future plans in addressing environmental issues and challenges.

Palacios stressed that no jurisdiction will be able to overcome environmental challenges singularly. Thus it is important for Guam and the rest of the region to come together and collaborate on solutions.

Guest speakers for the three-day conference include Stanford Professor emeritus Gil Masters; Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr., the Undersecretary for Operations of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources for the Philippines; and Capt. William Marhoffer (ret.), the former captain of the Port of Guam.

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