5 Sep 2012

Pacific conference says consistent state of environment reporting essential

10:29 am on 5 September 2012

The Pacific Environment Forum says consistent state of environment reporting is essential in guiding policy and decision-making.

80 delegates met earlier this week in Noumea with the focus on the development of a mechanism for national State of Environment monitoring and reporting.

Samoa's Tuiolo Schuster says it is an incredibly valuable tool that shows how well agencies are doing in terms of on-ground changes to the environment and sustainable development.

The director general of the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme, David Sheppard, says state of environment reports can stand with other development tools such as the Millennium Development Goals, National Sustainable Development Strategies and National Environment Management Strategies.