Laws on the environment

Volunteers from various organisations took the opportunity to collect rubbish and plant mangroves in a bid to save and protect the environment. Pictured is Navy volunteers with rubbish they collected. Picture: RAMA

Volunteers from various organisations took the opportunity to collect rubbish and plant mangroves in a bid to save and protect the environment. Pictured is Navy volunteers with rubbish they collected. on April 18, Picture: RAMA

THERE is a general agreement among political parties to improve our laws on the environment. The National Federation Party (NFP), Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) believe that the protection of our environment is critical for the country’s future generation.

As we head towards the 2018 General Election, The Fiji Times asked the six registered political parties for their views on the environment and their stand on keeping Fiji clean.

The FijiFirst party, Unity Fiji party and the Fiji United Freedom Party did not respond to the questions when this edition went to press yesterday. Questions were sent to the parties via electronic mail (email) on
Tuesday.

The NFP, FLP, and SODELPA responded to the questions. NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said the party would advocate genuine environmental protection not simply because the talking about the environment
was fashionable, but because it was the right thing to do to ensure that our generations to come inherit pristine natural surroundings that err on the side of precaution, rather than development that caused
environmental destruction.

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka said if voted into government, his party would put into place and strengthen necessary policy framework to ensure the proper management of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources — reviewing the Green Growth Framework.

FLP vice-president Monica Raghwan said the party would ensure strict compliance with the litter laws to keep our environment clean at all times and prioritise the conservation of Fiji’s biodiversity, much of which
was unique to Fiji.

Pick today today’s The Fiji Times to see the detailed response of each political party.

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