Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster and Meteorology has a new Permanent Secretary.

He is Dr Melchior Mataki, who assumed his new job on 01 July.

Prior to taking up his new job, Dr Mataki worked with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) as team leader of a climate change adaptation programme piloted in Choiseul Province.

He is a specialist in environment and waste management issues.

In his 2012 speech at the launch of the country’s waste reduction and littering campaign, Dr Mataki said the proper functioning of the country does not only rely on a thriving economy, high education standards, improved developments in infrastructure and service deliveries and improved technologies.

“But also depends on proper management of its waste.”

Waste management, he said, is important for the protection of public health and natural environment.

The Public Service Commission said Dr Mataki’s appointment was timely, adding he has a good affinity in the area of environment and experience in working abroad with regional organisations.