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Suva signing to benefit Pacific

Written By : Source: BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION . A cheque “hand-over” ceremony, between the British High Commission and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), took place on Wednesday,
04 Mar 2011 12:00

Written By : Source: BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION . A cheque “hand-over” ceremony, between the British High Commission and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), took place on Wednesday, March 2, at IUCN’s Veitiri Conference Room in Suva.
This cheque or funding from the British High Commission will enable IUCN to begin the development of the new Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Certificate course to be offered at the University of the South Pacific (USP).
Once developed, the course will be offered as a two week stand-alone course for vocational students, who on completion of the course, would be awarded a regionally recognised “Certificate in Environmental Compliance & Enforcement”. Pacific Island Countries currently have very limited enforcement capacity in relation to environmental and resource management offences.
This is, in part, due to the lack of skills and confidence among enforcement officers and reflects a limited understanding of the basics of the legal process and the law generally. The result is that offenders go unpunished and our environment – the rivers and sea – are polluted, protected species of fish and fauna are caught and eaten, the conditions of approval of an environmental impact assessment report are not observed and so the environment and our natural resources are further damaged. IUCN will pursue the development of this compliance and enforcement course to be delivered by USP. Initial funding of this project is being provided by the British High Commission and will allow IUCN, together with the Law Faculty of USP, and the Australian Centre for Environmental Compliance (ACFEC) to develop, deliver and offer the course at different USP campuses.
The course will be most useful for:
n Enforcement and field officers in environment and natural resource agencies (Fisheries, Local Government, Health, Forestry, Environment, Town and Country Planning, Lands);
n Lawyers who want to refresh their skills;
n Voluntary local wardens and enforcement officers; and
n Environmental NGOs.


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