By LUKE KAMA
ESTABLISHING a home-grown biodiversity trust fund is the way forward for sustainable conservation financing in the country, an official says.
Deputy managing director for the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority Dilu Muguwa said access to adequate and timely financing to sustain conservation programmes and projects had been a major issue.
He said Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change John Pundari had mentioned during the recent Coral Triangle Initiative meeting that even though millions dollars were pumped into the country by multilateral and bilateral agencies, there was nothing tangible to show for them on the ground.
Muguwa said the current practise was that all the funds were channelled through intermediaries such as the United Nations Development Programme, non-government organisations or community organisations.
“Time and time again, they continue to bypass the mandated agency which is Cepa,” he said.
“The problem with intermediary institutions (like the UNDP) is that they have cumbersome procurement systems and processes that makes it administratively complicated for stakeholders to access and use the funds.”
He said multilateral and bilateral donors should not deal directly with NGOs and community service organisations because it was wrong.
“Bilateral partners cannot continue to play second fiddle with mandated state institutions like Cepa concerning environment and conservation matters. Cepa is the focal implementing agency for such.”
By LUKE KAMA