Environmental performance data is a valuable asset when demonstrating legal compliance and for continual improvement, risk reduction, and cost-saving.

Minister for Climate Change Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says that accurate data is lacking.

Fiji has an opportunity to gather real data with respect to the “pollutant rubbish that comes out of our waterways”.

The real damage to the environment and ocean need to be accounted for, says the Minister for Climate Change.

Sayed- Khaiyum says data is critical for sustainability.

“When we talk about the environment, we don’t have critical data with us, so this is very important to quantify and see the topography of the actual pollutants that comes into the river system not only pollutes our oceans but it causes real damages to the coral system and the ocean biodiversity.”

He adds a holistic approach is required by the department of the environment in collecting accurate data.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Waterways has launched a pilot Trash Net Ocean Audit Program where waste from our rivers and creeks are prevented from ending up in the ocean.

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