State of the Environment Report - Samoa
Reviewing and reporting the state of the environment of Samoa is an important part of the government’s mandate for achieving environmentally sound and sustainable development. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) is entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the monitoring and review of the state of Samoa’s environment with the cooperation and support of its stakeholders in line Ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations and the wider community. Samoa first completed and published its comprehensive SOE report in 1993 and the second in 2008. The review conducted provides a holistic understanding of the trends in Samoa’s natural and human environments under the influence of economic, social and environmental forces over the reviewed period is fundamental to the determinants of future responses to these changes. The findings outlined in the report also indicates the level of effectiveness of policy and educational measures put in place to cope with the consequent impacts of these changes. It is also designed to improve environmental monitoring, education and training amongst decision makers and the general public.