Environmental Monitoring and Governance Programme

The Environmental Monitoring and Governance (EMG) Programme plays a lead role in assisting SPREP member countries to develop their capacity in environmental governance; policy development; and planning, monitoring, and reporting for sustainable environmental outcomes and to keep pace with socio-economic development.

This work includes strengthening and supporting political leadership on environmental issues in the region through policy instruments such as the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape, and assisting Pacific leaders and delegations in their advocacy in international fora. EMG’s work is guided by the SPREP mandate implemented through the SPREP Strategic Plan 2017–2026. The EMG Programme responds directly to Strategic Plan Regional Goal 4 which is to help Pacific people and their environment benefit from a commitment to and the best practice of environmental governance. Given the cross cutting nature of the EMG Programme, it also provides support to SPREP’s programmes on Climate Change Resilience, Island and Oceanic Ecosystems and Waste Management and Pollution .

The EMG Programme  works closely through a number of partnership initiatives including those with non-governmental organisations; multilateral, international and regional organisations; development partners and donors; academic institutions; and national governments.

EMG assist national governments by providing an enabling environment to support the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), development of policies and legislation, training and capacity building for environmental impact assessment, and spatial planning. This support includes responsibilities to develop regional standards for monitoring and reporting environmental change at both national and regional scales. EMG supports advocacy and help develop communications strategies to promote good environmental governance. 

Regional Goal 4, EMG Programme will deliver services and support in these key areas:

  1. Strengthen national sustainable development planning and implementation systems including through use of Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments, and spatial planning.
  2. Improve national capacity for good environmental governance supported by technical assistance for the development of policy and legislation, and in support of the implementation of Member international and regional commitments.
  3. Strengthen environmental data collection, monitoring, and analysis and reporting on results, nationally and regionally.
  4. Strengthen access to funding mechanisms and using funds effectively and efficiently to deliver required interventions.
  5. Strengthen synergies between science, policy, and traditional and local knowledge to guide decision making.

Contact: [email protected]