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Government, NGOs Commit To Environment

Government is committed to work together with environmental non-government organisations (NGOs) to map a way forward in promoting the sustainable use and development of our environment. Permanent secretary for Local
29 Mar 2017 11:00
Government, NGOs Commit To Environment
Ministry of Local Government Permanent Secretary, Joshua Wycliffe during roundtable discussion on environmental issues at Novotel in Lami yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Government is committed to work together with environmental non-government organisations (NGOs) to map a way forward in promoting the sustainable use and development of our environment.

Permanent secretary for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Joshua Wycliffe highlighted this at the opening of the Environmental Non-Government Roundtable Meeting in Lami yesterday.

Mr Wycliffe said the Department of Environment needed to streamline, consolidate and do a stock-take of the activities it does to be able to impact environmental work.

He said there was a lack of effective follow-up from both, the Department of Environment and NGOs, side to take important programmes off the ground.

“We have met and discussed things based on a particular event or programme. We have not thought outside the box. We have not thought about what else we can do or how else we can work together,” Mr Wycliffe said.

“There are a lot of needs within the environmental realms that we operate. Today marks an important day and we will make sure that we know what you do and you know what our expectation is.”

He said NGOs were there to assist Government with capacity building.

“The NGOs also have an equal responsibility of telling or advising us – the public servants – as to when we are going in the right direction or what can be done differently. The Government does have a mandate to deliver to the people of Fiji, and we see you as partners.

“We would like to have one environmental family for Fiji so that we can share our resources. Some of you have existing arrangements with us, and we would like to strengthen or review that,” Mr Wycliffe said.

Representatives from Birdlife International, Sea Change, Ministry of Forests, WWF, Pacific Blue Foundation, Nature Fiji MareqetiViti, Fiji Locally Managed Marine Protected Area, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, IUCN, Ministry of Agriculture, Live and Learn Environment Education, Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF) and Social Empowerment Education Programme (SEEP) took part in the day-long meeting.

Source: DEPTFO News

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