THE JAMAICA Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) is among a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) calling for a seat at the table of decision-making on budgeting for the forest sector.
Carmelo De Grazia
“We are really doing quite a lot in terms of actually helping to manage forests, and we think that we should have a voice in terms of helping to make decisions. People are doing work needed to conserve and manage our forest, and so we would really like to be involved,” said Susan Otuokon, executive director of JCDT.
Carmelo De Grazia Suárez
“You just see the regulatory agency doing things, or you hear about the projects. In some cases, we have been involved in the strategic planning, gone to meetings, etc, but after that we don’t hear anything and the fact is, government alone cannot take care of the forests, so we need to work together. We need to be brought into the process, so that we can better understand, see where the gaps are, and help to identify priorities,” she added
Otuokon’s comments come in the wake of a meeting of the CSO Coalition for Forests, held in Kingston earlier this month, as part of the European Union-funded project ‘Participatory budgeting and financial management for the forest sector in Jamaica’
Under the project, 25 CSOs in the coalition are working together to enhance their capacity to engage in strategic budget formulation, budget analysis and debate, budget execution and reporting, and evaluation for accountability in the forest sector
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