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More Environmental Awareness Needed

There is a need for more awareness on public participation and decision-making for coastal developments in provinces, says Environmental Law Association co-ordinator Kiji Vukikomoala. She made the statement at a
14 Nov 2014 07:38
More Environmental Awareness Needed
Embassy of the United States of America’s deputy chief of mission Doug Sonnek (garlanded), with the Environmental Law Association delegates at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka, yesterday. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

There is a need for more awareness on public participation and decision-making for coastal developments in provinces, says Environmental Law Association co-ordinator Kiji Vukikomoala.

She made the statement at a workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka yesterday.

Ms Vukikomoala said, “There seem to be a lack of awareness in the community, so the community needs to have that initiative to know more about Environmental Impact Assessment”.

“Developers also need to ensure that the process is transparent because it would save them a lot of money and it will promote easy process for both parties.”

Ms Vukikomoala said most times the community was not aware of developments taking place.

Also present during the launching of the workshop, Embassy of the United States of America deputy chief of mission, Doug Sonnek said the workshop was important.

“We need to have further awareness on this issue and the enforcement of the law.

The three-day workshop ends tomorrow.

Feedback:  varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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