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The Executive Director of the Environmental ProtectionAgency (EPA), says there is no conflict between environmental sustainability and development, but between the environment and unsustainable exploitation of resources in the name of efficiency.

Madam Anyaa Vohiri, describes as sad, belief that development becomes synonymous with an assault on the environment and its resources, a situation she noted, is rapidly deteriorating flora, fauna, forests and other habitat essential to human survival.

The EPA boss reminded the participants of a two retreat in Buchanan,Grand Bassa County that, development cannot subsist upon a deteriorating environmental resource base, as both the environment and development are not separate challenges, but inexorably linked.

Madam Vohiri, wants the pursuit of development to reflect a process on higher standard of living without alienating people from their heritage, damage ecosystems of its beauty, freshness and purity essential to life.

The EPA’s Executive Director spoke at the Environmental Sector Working Group(ESWG) two days’ retreat held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to appraise the activities of the sector and make adjustments where necessary for inclusion in the national development agenda.

Earlier, the Acting Superintendent of Grand Bassa County, MadamMonlue Solo-Sumo,welcomed the Executive Director of the EPA Madam Anyaa Vohiri and the Environmental Sector Working Group (ESWG). She urged them to enjoy the hospitality of Grand Bassa County, describing Grand Bassa County as a home away from home.

The retreat seeks to provide stakeholders the opportunity to appraise the activities of the sector and where necessary, re-adjust interventions for the sector. The retreat specifically ambitious goal of categorizing the activities of the sector on short, medium and long term activities in a bid to provide improved monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, stakeholders will as a matter of urgency, align the remaining activities of the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) to the relevant targets and goals of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) which replaces the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other development agenda.

The retreated which started October 27, will end October 28 with the expectation that, recommendations to be referred to as the” Buchanan Recommendations” will be developed and subsequently submitted to the chair of the Cross-Cutting Pillar of the SDGs, Labor Minister Neto Leigh for onward submission for discussion.

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