Water Quality Monitoring in Pacific Island Countries
Small Island Countries in the Pacific have special physical, demographic and economic
features. Their limited land areas, shortage of natural resources (arable land, freshwater,
minerals and conventional energy sources), geological complexity, isolation and
widespread nature of their territories and exposure to natural disasters (cyclones,
earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis) cause serious water resources, solid waste
and wastewater problems (UNESCO 1991).