Department of Sustainable Development formally engages agencies for cooperation on environmental information management in Saint Lucia

By Ministry of Education

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(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia, as party to several Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), is working assiduously towards strengthening the island’s environmental information systems.

Under the ‘Increase Saint Lucia’s Capacity to Monitor Multilateral Environmental Agreements Implementation and Sustainable Development Project’, the Department of Sustainable Development as the executing agency is facilitating the coordination of environmental information through the establishment of a National Environmental Information System (NEIS) for improved reporting and monitoring.

The MEAs under consideration are the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

In this regard, the government has embarked on a series of interventions to engage the agencies and/or research institutes responsible for information management in Saint Lucia to become signatories to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate their collaboration in data sharing, to further common goals and objectives within their respective mandates and governing rules for the reporting under the respective MEAs. The inter-agency MOU will run from the date of signing to 31st December, 2020.

The minister with responsibility for Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert, in underscoring the commitment of the department to successfully implement an efficient and sustainable mechanism, which will meet the information and data sharing needs of all stakeholder agencies, asserted that the development of such a system will inter alia serve as a supporting tool for reporting on MEAs and the translation of data into useful and actionable information.

The Department of Sustainable Development anticipates the usual positive and enthusiastic response from stakeholders. For further information, please contact the Department of Sustainable Development, telephone 1758-451-8746 extension 5800 or email [email protected]

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