The Pacific Community (SPC) covers more than 20 sectors, including fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience and conservation of plant genetic resources for food security.

The mission of the SPC is "to help Pacific island people position themselves to respond effectively to the challenges they face and make informed decisions about their future and the future they wish to leave for the generations that follow."

Much of SPC’s focus is on major cross-cutting issues, such as climate change, disaster risk management, food security, gender equality, human rights, non-communicable diseases and youth employment. SPC uses a multi-sector approach in responding to members’ development priorities, and draws upon skills and capabilities from around the region and internationally to support the empowerment of Pacific communities and sharing of expertise and skills between countries and territories.

Development Goals

Goal 1 – Pacific people benefit from sustainable economic development

Goal 2 – Pacific communities are empowered and resilient

Goal 3 – Pacific people reach their potential and live long and healthy lives

SPC GeoScience Division (GSD)

The SPC GeoScience Division (GSD) is new, and began operation on 1 January 2011.

The goal of the SPC Geoscience Division is to apply geoscience and technology to realise new opportunities for improving the livelihoods of Pacific communities.

In the GSD context, geoscience means any science concerned with the Earth. This includes geological, physical, chemical and biological processes that occur at the earth's surface or in its interior. It includes the tools used in GSD to assess whether the use of resources is viable, and to study natural disasters and their impact on island communities.

The SPC Geoscience Division (GSD) has been established as an outcome of the regional institutional framework reform process called for by the Pacific Island Leaders Forum over recent years. Part of that process was to transfer and integrate the core work programme of the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (GSD) (GSD "The Commission") into the SPC.

The purpose of establishing SPC Geoscience "The Division" is to ensure the preservation of the identity of the GSD work programme that has built up an excellent reputation, amongst both Members and donor partners over nearly 40 years.

GSD "The Commission" Governing Council has agreed to this, and both the Commission and SPC have agreed that the Division will operate from the existing campus of the GSD Secretariat on Mead Road, Nabua, Fiji. Currently the offices on this campus accommodate close to 100 staff.

GSD "The Commission" has come a long way since its establishment in 1972, first as a United Nations Development Programme Regional Project, then in 1990 as an independent inter-governmental organisation, and from 2011, to be a new Division in the SPC. Initially the work programme focused on the assessment of deep-sea minerals and hydrocarbon potential. Over the years, the work programme of GSD expanded to include the assessment of the potential of ocean and onshore mineral resources, coastal protection and management, and geohazard assessment. Over the past decade, its mandate broadened further to include water, wastewater, sanitation, energy, and disaster risk management.

The purpose of the SPC Geoscience Division (GSD) is to ensure the earth sciences are utilised fully in order to fulfill the SPC Mission. In the island context the earth sciences comprise geology, geophysics, oceanography and hydrology.

The division has three technical work programmes:

  • Geoscience for Development
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Disaster Reduction

These three programmes share common technical support services:

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Technical Equipment and Services
  • Data Management
  • Publications and Library

The work programme is reviewed annually by a technical advisory group consisting of members, Secretariat representatives and a Science, Technology and Resources Network (STAR).