Authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have ended a two-day retreat in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, a release from the entity has said.
EPA Executive Director Anyaa Vohiri says there is no conflict between environmental sustainability and development, but rather between the environment and unsustainable exploitation of resources in the name of efficiency.
Addressing the Environmental Sector Working Group (ESWG) held to appraise the activities of the sector and make adjustments where necessary for inclusion in the national development agenda, Madam Vohiri described as sad the belief that development becomes synonymous with an assault on the environment and its resources. She said this is a situation that is rapidly deteriorating flora, fauna, forests and other habitats essential to human survival.
She reminded the participants that development cannot subsist upon a deteriorating environmental resource base as the two are not separate challenges, but are unavoidably linked.
Madam Vohiri wants the pursuit of development to reflect a process of higher standards of living without alienating people from their heritage, damaging ecosystems of their beauty, freshness and purity, which are essential to life.
Earlier, Grand Bassa County Acting Superintendent Madam Monlue Solo-Sumo welcomed the EPA delegation and urged them to enjoy the county, which she described as “home away from home.”
The retreat sought to provide stakeholders the opportunity to appraise the activities of the sector and where necessary, re-adjust interventions for the sector. It had the specific and ambitious goal of categorizing the activities of the sector on short, medium and long term activities in a bid to provide improved monitoring and evaluation.
Additionally, stakeholders were with urgency, aligning the remaining activities of the Agenda for Transformation (Aft) to the relevant targets and goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which replaces the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other development agendas.
The retreat ended Saturday with the expectation that the recommendations to be referred to as “the Buchanan Recommendations” will be developed and subsequently submitted to the chair of the Cross-Cutting Pillar of the SDGs.