“The four-year strategy of GEF SGP is expected to generate powerful and influential community actions that can be replicated in other communities with the hope that other partners and all sectors work alongside the SGP and civil society groups to secure harmonized efforts towards preserving our environment.”
The Strategy was the result of numerous consultations with representatives from government, NGOs, CSOs, farmer groups, private sector and regional organisations (SPREP and UNDP), which were facilitated by a team of consultants from the National University of Samoa Faculty of Science.
Associate Minister for the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Tofa Lio Foleni Lio was special guest at the launch of the SGP Sub-regional Strategy.
The ACEO for Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ms. Anne Rasmussen, gave keynote remarks on behalf of the SGP National Steering Committee emphasizing that GEF SGP is grounded in the belief that community-driven and civil society led initiatives generate environmental benefits while at the same time support sustainable livelihoods and local empowerment, two very effective ways to address global environmental challenges.
Members of the diplomatic corps, heads of civil society and private sector organizations, community organisations, academia and distinguished guests were also present at the launch.