Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscapes Project signing ceremony

Oct 31, 2013

The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Hon. Faamoetauloa Ulaitino Faale Tumaalii and the Resident Representative a.i of UNDP in Samoa, Mr Anthony Wood. PHOTO CREDIT: TATSUYA HAYASHI

Apia, Samoa - The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Hon. Faamoetauloa Ulaitino Faale Tumaalii and the Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Aid Coordination Department of the Ministry of Finance, Afioga Peseta Noumea Simi, together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Samoa held a joint event to sign the project “Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscapes”.
The programme will assist the local population to protect and sustainably manage Samoa’s most critical productive landscapes. Funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund with a total of US$ 4,736,363 the project will be implemented through MNRE and administered by the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa. 
Sustainable Land Management is a cornerstone for sustainable development and plays a key role in harmonizing the sometimes, conflicting goals of economic development and conservation of the environment. The project recognizes that sustainable land management needs strong participation of all members of the community – all men, women and youths as the direct managers of land, agriculture, water and forests. Given the strong role of women in sustainable land management, the project will ensure equitable participation of women, men and the youth in project activities.
In addition, this programme will play a crucial role in addressing the barrier of fragmented policy approaches among different sectors. In fact, the cross cutting nature of land management issues provides a unique opportunity to set up an enabling framework to coordinate interventions on environmental conservation, climate change and disaster risk management and reduction. This will contribute to resilient and sustainable development as a priority of “economic and social concern”.
The signing ceremony formally underlined the commitment of the Government of Samoa and UNDP towards the enhancement of resilient development in the country. The event was hosted by MNRE, as the main representative of the Government of Samoa who signed the project document, with the Ministry of Finance and the interim Resident Representative of UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa, Mr Anthony Wood, as a starting point for this important programme. 
Other representatives of the Government were also present to ratify this important step in the path towards the sustainable growth of Samoa.

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