June 30, 2004
Address by Hon. Dean Peart
Minister of Land & Environment
Launch of the
National Capacity Self Assessment Project
Today we take another important step to preserve the environment.
As you know,
Capacity Self Assessment Programme (NCSAP) that we are launching today will
help developing countries, such as
Let me remind you
that Agenda 21 is a global plan of action that was developed following on the
1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in
The NCSAP will
The issues covered by these three Conventions are critical to our environmental programme. They also have direct implications for the country’s social and economic development and sustainability.
One of the requirements of this Convention is that we prepare a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. We have done that. The document is available at the NRCA website.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
We are active at
the regional and international levels to implement this Convention. At present,
The National Capacity Self Assessment Project provides a number of benefits. It will:
The findings and recommendation that will come out of this Project will help policymakers and technocrats to develop and implement strategies to advance our goals in sustainable development.
Finally, I wish to thank everyone who has worked to make this Project a reality. The Global Environment Facility must be commended.
I am grateful to all persons and groups that have remained committed to the implementation of the several international agreements. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) comes readily to mind.
I am giving the commitment of my Ministry to this Project and I look forward to seeing the findings and recommendations from it.
Let us continue
to take these important steps as we work together for