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IAS EIA services, include the following disciplines:
Other completed EIAs conducted by IAS:
Example: Rewa River Study
The constant flooding of Fiji’s widest river has prompted authorities to propose dredging of the river delta. To understand the current situation, the history of the river environment and community needs, IAS was contracted to conduct an EIA prior to dredging.
The assessment showed high levels of bacterial and heavy metal pollution occur during and immediately after heavy rainfall and flooding. There were concerns for the loss of kai beds and roosting sites for migratory birds during the dredging.
“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” (FAO 1996)
Food and water safety and food security are intrinsically linked, not only to each other, but also to the safety and availability of water, the health of human populations, and market access.
IAS continues to offer services in the areas of:
For further information, please contact:
Name: Usaia Dolodolotawake
Title: Lab Manager
Unit: Laboratory Services
Contact: +679 323 2967
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Another role of IAS is to organize short technical and scientific training courses that cannot be met through the normal teaching program of the University. In addition, there are often several visiting scientists, graduate students or exchange staff from various overseas universities or organizations using the Institute as a base for their research work at any one time.
IAS develops the skills of potential staff members and regional research workers through support of Postgraduate Research Awards for students who achieve their MSc degree while helping IAS carry out its project activities in the areas of Food, Water, Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology, Natural Products Chemistry, Taxonomy & Conservation and Coastal Management. Other outside postgraduate students perform some of their experimental work in the IAS laboratories.
Areas of expertise where IAS have specialized training skills:
(i) Protected area management (community based marine management work):
Associated with its Pacific Island Community-Based Conservation Course done jointly with PACE-SD and SPREP. IAS staff members are often asked to give guest lecturers in USP courses.
(ii) Integrated coastal management (ICM) in the Pacific region and IAS is as a regional training center in ICM.
(iii) Waste Management
Community workshops in both liquid and solid waste management
(iv) Leadership & Management Training
IAS continues to pioneer the use of participatory techniques and adaptive management to assist communities adopt good governance practices in developing, implementing and monitoring resource management plans. The need for more effective village governance has been highlighted as one of the major needs for, among other things, better coastal management and a leadership and training program for traditional chiefs was developed with the Fiji Government in 2008.
(v) Food, Water & Environmental Physical, Chemical & Microbiological testing
IAS has held training in water, food and environmental analyses for both local and regional participants. Past trainings held include:
(vi) Laboratory Quality Managements Systems Development
IAS offers training and consultancy services in the development of laboratory management systems according to ISO/IEC 17025, training of laboratory personnel in related policies and procedures and provision of equipment calibration services
For more information or queries on training offered at IAS, contact us on email@example.com.