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Media Release

U.S. Promotes Effective Environmental Legislation in Pacific

June 14, 2010

On June 15-17, government legal experts and environmental specialists from the Federated States of Micronesia will attend a three day workshop in Koror, Palau to build capacity for environmental protection and natural resource management. The workshop is funded by the U.S. Embassy through its Regional Environment Office for the Pacific and facilitated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), with assistance from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania Office.

The three-day training course titled “Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement” will enable participants to develop their own management approaches to environmental problems, to draft enforceable requirements where appropriate, to design unique compliance strategies and enforcement programs and to role-play in a negotiation session to resolve a specific enforcement case.

In addition to F.S.M. participants, State counsels, environmental specialists and environmental and marine enforcement officers from Palau and the Marshall Islands will participate in this training.

The workshop will be conducted by Mr. Davis Jones, Associate Director, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. EPA and Ms. Emma Wangi, Environmental Legal Officer for IUCN-Oceania based in Suva, Fiji.

The U.S. is committed to assisting Pacific Island Countries promote good environmental governance and achieve sustainable management of their natural resources.