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12 Pacific Countries to Benefit from New Enviro-Monitoring Project

12 Pacific Countries to Benefit from New Enviro-Monitoring Project

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Fishermen in Indonesia have realized the importance of managing their marine resources so that their future livelihood will be ensured. (Photo: ADB)

Fishermen in Indonesia have realized the importance of managing their marine resources so that their future livelihood will be ensured. (Photo: ADB)

Twelve Pacific nations are set to benefit from a new environmental monitoring and evaluation project of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), according to a report by ABC Radio Australia.

The project will involve local communities as well as governments, and allow people to play a role in collecting evidence on challenges ranging from climate change and region-wide species loss to individual logging or mining projects. It is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

“What we’re trying to do is to set up a standard system, region wide which will allow countries to collect information and use those data in a standard way, from local planning, all the way out to reporting at a regional level, so that we use those information efficiently and in a collective sense,” explained Greg Sherley, UNEP’s Regional Co-ordinator, in an interview conducted by ABC’s Jemima Garrett.

Sherley added that one of the major ideas on the project is not to duplicate existing environmental monitoring but to use original processes that are already in existence.

The training program will be designed to adhere to each nation’s local needs and customs to ensure that it will be culturally appropriate, based on best practices that are already widely used elsewhere in the Pacific.

For the full transcript of the radio interview, head on to ABC Radio Australia.

(Credit: ABC Radio Australia)

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