BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
ENVIRONMENT officers for Government ministries underwent pilot training on environmental mainstreaming under the United Nation Development Programme in Solomon Islands yesterday.
UNDP in Solomon Islands is piloting environmental mainstreaming training with officers from the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology and Ministry of Development, Planning and Aid Coordination.
The training is organised purposely to enhance SIG mainstreaming capacity to mainstream Multi-lateral Environment Agreement (MESs) obligations into local plans and policies.
Yesterday, discussions revolved around case for environmental mainstreaming, link between development and environmental mainstreaming; examine approaches and tools for environmental mainstreaming at all levels in Solomon Islands.
Under Secretary for Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDMM) Mr Chanel Iroi hopes that after the training government officials would be able to understand environmental mainstreaming practices.
“I hope after this training Government official will be able to understand good mainstream practices to integrate global environment priorities particularly ones under MEAs into selected national and provincial development plans,” Mr Iroi said.
He explained the training material contains narrative for facilitators and drivers of environmental mainstreaming to integrate environment into planning and deliberation on priorities for development plans at the country’s national and provincial levels.
It also intended to inform environmental mainstreaming in planning and budget process, corporate plans of government ministries and monitoring processes, he adds.
UNDP stresses such training materials were developed to guide key stakeholders on good mainstreaming practices to integrate global environment priorities into selected national and provincial development plans.
The Environmental Mainstreaming pilot training is funded by UNDP under its project; Integrating Global Environmental Commitment in Investment and Development Decision-Making (IGECIDDM/CB2 project).