II. INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
D. Institutions dealing with waste and pollution management
The Department of Education has a very significant role to play in achieving sustainable development. Future leaders of the nation need to be familiar with the nationwide implications of environment degradation. In association with the Department of the Environment, the Curriculum Development Unit recently revised the current school curriculum to bring pressing environmental issues to the attention of students.
The Department of Women and Culture, although overshadowed by the Department of Education, also has a significant role in integrating environmental issues into the economic decision-making process. Almost 80 per cent of the women in Fiji are not officially considered to be economically active. Yet they perform the jobs of a multitude of different professionals, including education and economics, at the household level. Women are usually the principal decision-maker for the household. Those decisions can have wide-reaching effects on both the environment and the economy. It is therefore of great importance that women fully participate in environmental and economic decision-making.