Workshop for Media Houses
With Support From the Africa Institute
The Ministry of Tourism through the Department of Environment held a workshop at Avani Lesotho for media houses which was aimed at creating awareness to the public about the impact of chemicals and electronic waste in our everyday life. Chemicals are used in industry, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and many other areas. Electronics are used in households, offices, schools and many areas. Due to poverty, African governments are often forged to seek for assistance from developed countries. This leads to uncoordinated influx of chemical and electronic donations and as well as trading, subsequently giving rise to excessive supply. The key challenge in addressing this problem is inadequate legal frameworks, inadequate chemical and electronic management infrastructure and awareness which pose serious challenges to the society and the environment.
Lesotho is no exception to these challenges as such is happy to contribute to the solution to this problem. The need for a concerted effort in chemicals and waste management among all stakeholders has long been noticed and as a result, the Government established the Department of Environment as the custodian of national policy on the environment and the watchdog of the environment. Further, multi-stakeholder committees were established primarily to advice on chemicals and waste management. The Committee on Waste Management (COWMAN), the Chemicals Management Committee (CHeMaC), which also collaborates with the Committee on Environmental Data Management (CEDAMA).
These initiatives indicate the commitment of the Government of Lesotho and indeed of the management of the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture in ensuring environmentally sound management of waste. The project’s desire for a more comprehensive set of activities that would provide every person with opportunities to acquire knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to protect and improve the environment. The aim of the workshop was to capacitate all the attendants with the necessary skills to help individuals in acquiring an awareness of and sensitivity to the total environment and its allied problems as well as finding solutions to environmental problems.