III. MECHANISMS FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS INTO ECONOMIC DECISION-MAKING
E. Sectoral coordination and conflict: some case studies
Most ministries in Fiji are arranged along sectoral lines. Ministerial and departmental terms of reference, policies and objectives can conflict with each other when it comes to sharing the exploitation of common environmental resources. Indeed, the past has shown that the expansion of certain sectors has often gone ahead without concern for the environmental consequences of such actions on other sectors. Such operations have created increasing sources of conflicts and inefficiencies in the different use of resources. Examples where that has occurred are highlighted in this section. At the root of the problems is the inadequate and highly sectorally oriented legislation as well as a lack of a formal mechanism for communication and coordination of activities between different institutions responsible for environmental resources.