Institute of Applied Science




Environment Impact Assesment

Our Objective

  • Provide EIA Services to customers to:
  • Ensure environment sustainability.
  • Compliance with national environmental laws and standards.
  • Maximize environmental benefits.
  • Minimize environmental costs for EIAs.

We Believe in Teamwork

Stakeholders include:

  • Government
  • Department of Environment (Authorizing Body), Ministry of i-Taukei Affairs and other government ministries
  • Regional and International Agencies
  • ADB, World Bank, SPREP, Landcare Research (NZ).
  • Local Communities
  • Other members of the USP Academic Staff

IAS EIA services, include the following disciplines:

  • Marine
  • Water Quality Analyses
  • Reef Health
  • Ecological Survey
  • Marine Biodiversity
  • Sedimentation Studies
  • Terrestrial
  • River Water Quality
  • Freshwater Invertebrate Survey
  • Mammal Survey
  • Flora Identification
  • Entomology
  • Vegetation Ecology
  • Social Impact Assessment (SIA)
  • Cultural and Heritage Sites
  • Community Consultation


  • Client: Namosi Joint Venture. Project: Waisoi copper project Status and work done in 2013: Additional terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity surveys and social baseline around proposed Bulk Handling Facility.


  • Client: Golder Associates Pty Ltd (Australia) as lead consultant to Sumitomo Solomons Metal Mining Company. Project: Isabel Island Nickel project. Status and work done in 2013: Social baseline and community consultation. ESIA report submitted to Solomon Islands Government early 2014.

Other completed EIAs conducted by IAS:

  • Tonga - Fiji Cable - Landcare NZ & IAS (2011)
  • Review of Tuna Processing Plant EIA - Vila, Vanuatu (2010)
  • Rewa River Dredging EIA (2009)
  • USP Lower Campus Foreshore Reclamation (2007)
  • New Resort EIA Report Review (Royal Davui, 2003)
  • Wharf and port expansion-Vava’u, Tonga (1996)
  • PAFCO Effluent Outfall extension, Levuka (1995)
  • Construction of EC-Funded road- Rural Vanuatu (1994)

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.

 Partner Consultants:

  • Biological Consultants (Fiji) Ltd
  • Nature (Fiji) Consultants Ltd
  • Golder Associates (Australia)
  • Erasito Consultants (Fiji) Ltd

Food & Water Quality Monitoring

Food & Water Quality Monitoring

“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: Dr. Vincent Lal

Title: Manager

Unit: Laboratory Services

Contact: +679 32 32967

Email: vincent.lal(at) 



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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. 

Post-graduate Students

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.  

  • developing, training and supporting sub regional teams for outer island work
  • training of trainers workshop on participatory approaches to resource management for government officers and village representatives
  • training workshops on data management

(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:

  • IAS in association with SOPAC and WHO held a week-long training in water analyses at IAS for twenty people from eight Pacific countries.  Follow-up training in water safety kits was conducted in Cook Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.  
  • IAS laboratory was one of six worldwide chosen by the United Nations Environment Program for development as a regional center of excellence for development and training on analyses of contaminants called persistent organic pollutants (POPs), substances controlled under the Stockholm Convention.  
  • IAS had assisted several regional countries to improve their water quality laboratories.  Two training courses covering the southern and northern Pacific were conducted and follow-up country visits were made.

(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

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Institute of Applied Science
Faculty of Science and Technology
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Suva, Fiji.
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