Liquid Waste Management

Pacific Island countries and territories have uniquely fragile water resources due to their small size, lack of natural storage, competing land uses and vulnerability to natural hazards. Pollution of freshwater resources, can have a significant impact on public health, quality of life, the environment and on economic development. The main types of liquid wastes and pollutants threatening Pacific island countries and territories include increased loads of nutrients, sediments and pesticides in sewage and storm water runoff and in agricultural runoff. Urbanization, rural development, growing populations, climate change and increased demand from industry and agriculture is putting further pressure on the region's freshwater resources, threatening the long term viability of communities and islands.

Responsibility for liquid waste management in the Pacific region  lies with the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) of SPC.

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