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DAISI is committed to improving its environmental performance and reducing its organisation’s carbon footprint.  To this end DAISI has devised the following environmental policies.

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POLICY

  1. DAISI witnesses and confirms the negative impact that global warming has had in the South Pacific with rising sea-levels a direct consequence of this.
  2. Global warming is the single biggest threat to many islands in the Pacific, potentially reversing many of the development gains of recent decades.
  3. DAISI supports long-term community sustainable development projects that help people move towards self-sufficiency and reducing poverty.
  4. This includes promoting long term solutions that mitigate the current and anticipated environmental effects of global warming
  5. It is incumbent on us, individually and collectively in our day to day activities to modify our behaviour to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and negative impacts of pollution on the South-Pacific.
  6. Where carbon emissions cannot be avoided, we will mitigate them when possible with carbon offsetting.
  7. DAISI is compliant with all of its legal and other environmental requirements
  8. DAISI is aware of its own carbon footprint and is committed to:
    1. reducing or offsetting DAISI’s greenhouse gas emissions
    2. implementing waste minimisation particularly when it comes to the supply of single-use medical disposables.
    3. minimising our water usage
    4. initiatives that promote efficient transport solutions for our volunteers and staff to reduce the impacts of fuel burning on greenhouse gas emissions
  9. To this end, DAISI has a dedicated Environment Protection Officer, whose role it is to ensure minimal negative environmental impact related to DAISI activities.
  10. This incudes the responsible reclaiming of medical and surgical supplies from Australia, otherwise destined to become landfill, and their responsible shipping to the South Pacific
  11. DAISI must also ensure that it only sends equipment and medical supplies that are genuinely needed, and likely to be used in a timely manner to reduce the negative environmental impact that sending unused equipment has on the South Pacific
  12. Wherever possible, DAISI should promote self reliance with reusable equipment and the avoidance of single-use disposables that end up as land fill or cluttering the shoreline and ocean.

This policy was first created 15th November 2015 and revised on 1st July 2020