III. EXISTING INSTITUTIONS AND MEASURES FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS INTO DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING FOR SUVA CITY
E. National government agencies that have an impact on the Suva environment
The DOE currently is expected to perform the following functions:
All those functions are important to maintaining the quality of the Suva environment. However, the implementation and enforcement mechanisms are weak, and have been increasingly constrained by inadequate financial and staffing resources. The low and decreasing level of funding to the Department of the Environment, indicates the low priority given to the environment by the national government. The 1997 budget allocated F$ 394,000 to the Department of the Environment, down from F$ 426,000 in the previous year. That compares, for example, with some F$ 25 million allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests (with an additional F$ 97 million over the past four years to the Ministry with the objective to "kick starting" the agricultural sector). Those figures reflect the relative importance of the environment with respect to public expenditure, the decision-making structure, and the relative power and influence of the ministers concerned.