The Environmental Sector Working Group (ESWG) of pillar V (Cross-Cutting Issues) of the Agenda for Transformation (AfT), has carved a nineteen- count resolution following the end of its recent retreat held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The resolution among other things, calls for appropriate mechanisms to ensure full implementation of the revised National Bio Safety Action Plan (NBSAP), ensures the submission of the National Biosafety Policy bill to the National Legislature for passage into law, establish a national accounting system on ecosystem evaluation (mangrove), establish a National Environmental Database System (NEDS) as well as reduce sulfur in petroleum products to 50ppm in confirmative with ECOWAS decision of May 2015.
The resolution further calls for the development of a REDD+ communication strategy, review and amend the National Forestry Reform Law, institute capacity building for forest management, develop a land use plan, put in place a water quality standards for the nation and establish a national steering committee on health and environment.
The resolution also stresses, the development of a national waste management policy and regulation, in statute a policy to reduce the use of fossil fuel, ensure that a vulnerability map is developed, tax on renewable energy product is waived and such tax amount waived is applied on fossil fuel generators and that an Axel Load control law is passed.
In addition, the resolution asserts that, the service centers in Grand Bassa, Margibi and Bong Counties are operationalized; ensuring environmental protection & conserving biodiversity, and that vehicle import policy is reinforced (10 years vehicle should not be allowed in Liberia) as well as an automation of hydrological stations for six major rivers are implemented.
The ESWG in the resolution noted that, it is of the strong conviction that if the above resolution is accepted, made part of Liberia’s national development plan and properly implemented, sustainable economic development which hinges on sustainable environmental protection and management will be a reality in the medium and long terms national development agenda. The Environmental Sector Working Group (ESWG) is a conglomeration of the relevant line ministries and agencies that have stake in the sustainability and protection of the environment.