V. MULTILATERAL TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT AGREEMENTS IN DOMESTIC POLICY FORMULATION IN FIJI
D. Requirements of donors
The involvement of Fiji with bilateral and multilateral aid donors and lenders has also had an effect on its national environmental management activities as most, if not all those donors and lenders now require EIAs of proposed projects as a precondition of granting aid or loans for development.
In recent years environmental sustainability has been a high priority area for donors and international agencies. While overall aid allocations to the region have been decreasing in real terms, the share going to environmental programmes and projects has increased. Consequently, the environmental initiatives in Fiji have, to a degree, been donor driven. That has brought with it advantages in terms of start-up funding and technical assistance. However, there has been a downside with respect to willingness by the government to commit long-term resources to environmental issues and initiatives.