“The information we gather with the equipment will help us in terms of providing information to the government but also to the surrounding communities in terms of preparedness response. It is not only for technical assessments but also for finding the necessary information in terms of during bad weather.”
The equipment handover reaffirms the Australian-Government funded TSF project’s commitment to developing the capacity of relevant Solomon Islands Government institutions to monitor the tailings dam, downstream areas and other sites in an independent, timely and sustainable manner.
The Environment and Conservation Division of the MECDM and the MMERE will use the equipment for monitoring arsenic, cyanide and other substances in the TSF water and in the downstream river.
The NPHL under the MHMS will use the equipment for more in-depth water quality analysis of the TSF and the surrounding areas.
The equipment is also expected to contribute to independent and sustainable monitoring and more effective emergency response through information sharing on water quality with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).
“We hope that the equipment directly responds to the needs and requests of the government by allowing them to do required testing on site,” said UNDP Solomon Islands Country Manager Azusa Kubota.
“It will greatly enhance effectiveness of the government’s ability to respond to situations as and when they rise.”
In addition to providing the testing equipment, the TSF project partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to provide the government ministries with technical support, water quality standards and other assistance to improve water quality testing in Solomon Islands.
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