Inspectors Get Extra Training …To Curb Environmental Abuses

Amidst the wanton and willful abuse of the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Monday, August 17, 2020 commenced a two -day technical gender participatory training for environmental inspectors, environmental focal points from line ministries and agencies on the general concepts of environmental monitoring, awareness, climate change, stakeholders’ engagement, environmental management and compliance.The training which is on-going in Gbarnga, Bong County is being held under the auspices of the Cross Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) Project funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Trust Fund or Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), the United Nations Development (UNDP) TRAC resources. The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning is co-supporting the workshop.The first day of the training attracted several experts who covered various topics including ‘The Mandates and Functions of EPA’, the ‘Roles and Responsibilities of Environmental Officers: Powers and Duties of Environmental Inspectors’, ‘Environmental Social Impact Assessment: An overview of the Environmental Protection Standards Guidelines and Procedures’, ‘Harmful Environmental practices: Enforcement and Control Right’ and Responsibility to a Clean and Healthy Environment’.Other topics considered included ‘Mainstreaming gender in environmental compliance and management and ‘challenges, barriers and way forward to institutional coordination in Liberia’.The training seeks to build and enhance knowledge on the mandates and roles of the EPA, improve knowledge on environmental management and climate change, gain knowledge on harmful environmental practices and improve the skills of participants on how to carryout environmental monitoring, awareness and reporting.The training is being held under the theme: ‘Environmental sustainability through compliance and monitoring’.