Environment, science, technology, and health (ESTH) issues are not confined by national borders and can best be addressed through regional cooperation, the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs established 12 regional ESTH hubs (REOs). One of these hubs, the Pacific ESTH Hub, is based at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji. This office tracks ESTH developments in 21 Pacific island countries and territories, and works with Pacific governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental actors, and international organizations to strengthen and expand U.S. engagement with Pacific island countries and enhance policy and programmatic efforts to respond to the major ESTH challenges facing the region.
- Addressing climate change through ingenuity and innovation
- Combating conservation crimes and strengthening governance in wildlife, logging, mining, and fishing
- Promoting U.S. pollution control and waste management expertise
- Combating marine debris and pollution
- Protecting against infectious diseases and building global health security
- Regional ESTH Officer Richard Fitzmaurice
- Regional ESTH Specialist Maria Elder