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To support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities, in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of the natural and social sciences, humanities and technology in Oceania. In so doing, it contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of those isolated people of the Pacific islands.
The primary goal of PIRI is to support field-based scientific research and exploration of some little known areas of the Pacific Ocean, and to further research in those areas undergoing significant environmental or cultural change. This encompasses archaeological research, anthropological & ethnographic studies of its present inhabitants, as well as medical and educational issues. We also expect to address through multidisciplinary projects other important environmental issues (e.g. loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of population pressures, pollution) affecting these areas.
We hope to convey a sense of appreciation and understanding for these very special and unique environments, its history and cultures, through a varied series of educational programs including lectures, slide shows, documentary videos, exhibits at schools and other media. To attain this, your help is fundamental, be it thru direct funding to our field projects, or by aiding us contact interested persons or organizations.Current efforts are focused on some of the most remote islands of the Pacific, such as Raivavae, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Papua New Guinea and Melanesia.
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