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Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:01 - Updated Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:00

Environmental preservation depends on responsible behaviour

Luanda - Environmental preservation depends on the behaviours, attitudes and more sustainable and responsible actions from everyone in society, as the threats have being identified, the minister of the Environment, Paula Francisco, has said.

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Minister of the Environment, Paula Francisco

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Paula Francisco Coelho, minister of the Environment (file)

Photo: Gaspar dos Santos

In declaration to ANGOP, the government official considered  major concern the ''lack of sensibility'' of the society regarding how to deal with environmental issues, pointing to situations like  ravines and coast vulnerability as current issues that worry the authorities.

Within the scope of policies and legislation that the government has been implementing, through her ministerial department, the Environment minister singled out the ''National Programme of Environment Quality'', which focuses on the main factors of nature such as water, air and soils.

Paula Francisco said that the attention is drawn to the air component (atmospheric pollution), the soil (tackling ravines), following the recommendation of the desertification convention that guides countries to develop targets by 2030, alongside sustainable development matters.

The water issue, she stressed, finds greater strength in the environmental quality programme, which is a joint challenge involving various sectors of the Executive to raise the quality of this product, through projects for the implementation of environmental quality laboratories.

With regard to programmes dedicated to the prevention and combating environmental threats, the government official informed that the authorities intend to intensify the awareness campaigns more and more, especially in the theme of the use of plastics, for which there is already a specific legislative package.

''We are working alongside partners in order to reduce the use of plastic, mainly to those that are for single use, like packaging”, he reinforced.

She referred, on the other hand, some measures and care with some species, mainly the turtle, which is sacrificed a lot by poachers, as well as the whale fish, known as manatee, of the African species, which inhabits the Kwanza River.

 In the area of environmental education, the minister highlighted the campaign launched recently under the motto “I am with the environment for a conscious Angola”, which addresses and aggregates themes related to sanitation, biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development.

This campaign, he detailed, has already been analysed by several ministerial departments, since as an educational strategy it became paramount to work with the Ministry of Education, to reinforce the National Education Development Plan.

According to the minister, this strategy was listened by the central bodies of the Executive, but because these are specific issues about environmental education, her department will also carry out consultations with the social partners and collect more subsidies for its enrichment.

On her understanding , during the implementation of these campaign it must be paid crucial attention on the communities and for this, native languages are called to be part of this programme when it comes to informing the citizens regarding environmental issues.

As for the ecological balance, the minister acknowledged that there is still much to be done, especially in terms of waste clusters, the lack of education and the lack of sensitivity for their separation, so there is a need for more cycles of lectures to change the situation and people's awareness.

She believes that with the ongoing work of the restructuring plan of the National Directorate of Prevention and Evaluation of Impacts, the future can be better, as the first process of implementation of the integrated environmental programme was achieved.

She went on to explain that this system typifies the terms of reference, in relation to urban expansion and constructions outside international standards, since legislation and the sector are dynamic elements.

Based on the studies, the Ministry of the Environment, according to Paula Francisco, is also taking care of the building material to be used, which must be sustainable.


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