VI. ASSESSMENT OF INFORMATION AND TRAINING NEEDS IDENTIFIED BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
B. Training programmes with a bearing on the tea sector
1. Capacity-building among policy makers for formulating and coordinating an integrated environmental and economic policies
The formulation and coordination of an integrated environmental and economic policy on public sector development projects is the functional responsibility of the Department of National Planning, which encompasses an Environmental Group" that has sectoral representation. It is entrusted with the responsibility of examining environmental implications of development projects and programs of the different sectors to ensure their integration with overall policy objectives (chapter II).
NAREPP has assisted in capacity-building by conducting several training programmes for policy makers and other government officials on macro-level planning including environmental economics. The Department of National Planning has been a beneficiary of the training programmes which have facilitated the broadening of development perspectives of public sector projects. Furthermore, a NAREPP consultant has worked with the Department of National Planning on a two-year assignment to develop a checklist for the initial screening of public sector projects for environmental impacts. A review and improvement of the checklist format is being carried out through seminars that are providing a forum for the exchange of intersectoral experiences and ideas.
NAREPP was scheduled to complete its assistance programme in August 1997, thus creating a vacuum in the crucial area of policy and skills development. With that in mind, the Department of National Planning submitted a project proposal to UNDP seeking assistance for the development of expertise and manuals to facilitate the integration of environmental considerations with policy objectives for public sector development projects.