Class of 2016 at a study tour taken earlier this year.

Class of 2016 at a study tour taken earlier this year.

Apia Samoa, August 18- Leadership Samoa’s Class of 2016 (LS2016) will tackle Samoa’s environment issues, particularly climate change, during their two-day study tour that starts today. Pacific Leadership Program supports Leadership Samoa to bring together emerging leaders in the country.

“Leadership Samoa believes that grasping a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Samoa’s environment sector is vital for our emerging leaders so they can make a difference for our country,” says Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun, Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Samoa.

“Leadership Samoa’s Environment study tour will showcase Samoa’s approach to combating climate change effects and what our government and partners are doing to protect our environment,” says Mr Ngau Chun.

This is the fifth study tour for LS2016, and will feature many high-level speakers from a cross section of Samoa’s authorities on environment, urban management, and scientific research organisations.

The first day of the forum will include presentations from the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Afioga Suluimalo Amataga Penaia who will share with LS2106 the government’s plans for improving Samoa’s environment, while also elaborating on the roles and responsibilities that MNRE has in promoting the sustainable use of Samoa’s environment.

This will be followed by a presentation from the Chief Executive Officer of the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa, Tilafono David Hunter who will share the role SROS has in research and development in combating environment challenges in Samoa. The General Manager of Samoa Trust Estate Corporation (STEC) Afioga Patea Loli Setefano will follow with a presentation on STEC’s role in sustainably using Samoa’s environmental assets.

The day will be capped with two presentations from international organisations based in Samoa. Deputy Director of the Secretariat of Pacific Regional Environment Program, Roger Cornforth will share how SPREP uses their research to promote sustainable development in the Pacific. Schannel Van Dijken, Officer in Charge of Conservation International will finish the day with a presentation on the topic of “How do we protect Samoa’s fragile biodiversity and why is it so important that we do so”.

Day two will kick-start with Assistant Chief Executive Officer of MNRE’s Global Environment Facility Division, Annie Rasmussen presenting on climate change and community. Following this, Assistant Chief Executive Office of the Planning and Urban Management Agency Afioga Toleafoa Fetoloai Yandall-Alama will outline urban management plans for developing the Apia area. Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Disaster Management Office, Afioga Muliagatele Filomena Nelson will then present on Samoa’s resilience to climate change, and what measures are in place to combat weather events. Day two’s presentations will finish with Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Tauti Fuatino Matatumua Leota sharing the roles and responsibilities of MNRE’s Environment and Conservation division in managing Samoa’s environment resources, including the important service of waste management.

“We believe that this selection of presenters will give LS2016 a great insight into the current measures Samoa is taking to protect and preserve our environment, as well as spark discussion on how to better conserve and mitigate climate effects into the future,” explains Mr Ngau Chun.

This is the fifth study tour of the Leadership Samoa program intensive course which targets emerging Samoan leaders and equips them with the knowledge and networks to create positive change.

Leadership Samoa offers a unique program that provides the platform for emerging leaders to appreciate the bigger picture of the pressing developmental issues facing our nation today. The program fills a niche with the delivery of a holistic cross-sector professional development program for emergent leaders and aims to raise their awareness of key political, economic, social, technological, environmental and cultural issues facing the development of Samoa today, thus ensuring a pool of well-informed Samoan leaders in the future.

Leadership Samoa Environment Forum Program August 2016

Samoa Country Fact Sheet