More to be done for Samoa's environment – Deputy P.M. Fiame

Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says there is still more work to be done for a "resilient Samoa" during the opening of National Environment Week 2019.

Fiame, who is also the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, encouraged Ministries, relevant stakeholders and communities to be engaged in dialogue and various activities through the week, from November 4-8.

"I would highly recommend that we make use of this opportunity to learn and rediscover ways to promote environmental conservation, and how we can all play a part in increasing the resilience of our communities and natural developments," she said.

"I would like to reiterate that there is still a lot of work to be done for Samoa’s national environment agenda, as well as in progressing achievement of its international operations and a sustainable development targets.

"This will require our continuing efforts and commitments to achieving a resilient Samoa."

The bi-annual National Environment Week is on the theme "National Resilience through Environmental Sustainability - an integrated approach". 

Fiame said the week-long activities that will be running in alignment with the National Environment Week will complement the number of year-long campaigns and initiatives.

The aim of the programme is to celebrate the Ministry's milestones and achievements throughout the year and to create public awareness on environmental protection and sustainable resource management.

"This year has seen great milestones being advanced including the ban on single use plastics, as well as the launching of a one year campaign to save the national bird of Samoa, the Manumea, under a partnership between the Ministry, the Samoa Conservation Society and the Auckland Zoo through the N.Z. government and others."

She also used the opportunity to acknowledge all the development partners who are supporting and pushing campaigns and initiatives to protect Samoa's environment, including regional organizations, Ministries and agencies, the private sector, NGOs and civil societies and most importantly, the community.

During the opening ceremony, a M.O.U. signing for management actions on Key Biodiversity Areas was signed between the village of Tiavea and Uafato, the launching of M.N.R.E. strategies, plans and promotional materials, a school tour at the Fuluasou Plant, dedication of Faleata Reserve Billboards as well as Save the Manumea campaign competitions.

Documents launched on Monday include:

Samoa's Sixth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

National Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Project Products

National ABS Legal Framework

ABS Communication Products

National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan (NISSAP 2019-2024)

National Interim Report on the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Samoa 2018

National Waste Management Strategy 2019-2023

Update and Review of the National Implementation Plan (NIP) for POPs management of Samoa

National Tree Management Policy

Standard Operating Procedure for the National Emergency Operation Center

Samoa Climate Change Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Strategic Framework and Work Plan (Samoa iCLM Project)

National Climate Change Strategy

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