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St Helena : St Helena ENVIRONMENTAL STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT FORUM
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 28.04.2013 (Article Archived on 12.05.2013)

Jamestown Community Centre hosted the Environmental Management Division's (EMD) stakeholder engagement forum on 18 April.





ENVIRONMENTAL
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT FORUM



Jamestown Community Centre hosted
the Environmental Management Division's (EMD) stakeholder engagement forum on
18 April.



EMD
forms part of the newly created Environment and Natural Resources Directorate.



Presentations,
discussions and panels highlighted the role that the Environmental Management
Division plays within SHG and those present were encouraged to ask questions
and provide feedback on environmental issues.



During
a comedy sketch titled ‘To engage or not to engage’ - staff members
demonstrated the importance of good communication amongst stakeholders (those
that can be affected by the division’s actions) and the reasoning for all to be
gathered on the day.



Tara
Pelembe, Head of the Environmental Management Division, said: ‘I hope to run
these sessions periodically once or twice a year, to keep links with
stakeholders and to keep the environment on everybody’s agenda.’ Tara added
future work is based on building evidence to support their advice.



Brainteasers
flowed throughout the session to test the audience’s knowledge on the
environment and to establish if publicity (including EMD’s monthly and
quarterly newsletters) effectively informs the public.



Presentations
were given by David Higgins, Terrestrial Conservation Advisor/ Trainer on the
threats the Island’s environment faces, such as logging, forestry and soil
erosion. David and his team strives to ‘conserve and manage the natural
heritage’.



Ian
Rummery, Environmental Risk Manager, covered the topic of cleaning up the
Island, Ian visually displayed the current waste that is disposed of
irresponsibly on the Island and looked at possible ways to improve waste
management. Ian said: ‘we need to clean the Island up for ourselves which has
an impact on the tourist product but also the environment in which we live.



Linking
to this was the Powerpoint presentation by Mike Durnford, Climate Change and
Pollution Officer and a discussion panel, on the current and future recycling
opportunities for St Helena. This issue sparked great interest and debate
within the audience, who were keen to recycle and reduce the amount of waste
going into the landfill site. Current legislation needs to be addressed to look
at what is needed to allow residents to manage their waste more sustainably.
The panel revealed the financial value that waste can acquire, giving examples
from SHAPE, if waste is recycled business opportunities can arise from that
process.



Issues
that were also covered were the Marine Environment and Environmental Management
of the Airport Project. Tara thanked all those who attended, at the end of the
session.



 



SHG:
22 April 2013



 



 

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