SUVA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Ministry of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment will ensure that their law enforcement officers are well equipped to undertake their jobs thoroughly in prosecuting those who commit environmental crimes.
While opening an Investigators Workshop for the Department of Environment Enforcement Officers in Suva on Tuesday, Minister Mahendra Reddy said anyone who commits environmental crimes or violates environmental laws will be punished.
"I have been made aware of a number of criminal proceedings taken to the court by the department and I hope that operators in the market will conform to full compliance so that we don't have to take matters to court. Should that be the case, then we must take a full proof case."
Reddy urged the officers to be able to interpret respective environmental laws and apply it in their daily enforcement, whether it be officers stationed at the office or inspectors on the ground.
"The idea of a new paradigm shift in environmental law enforcement begins from here," he said.
The Department is working closely with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in upskilling its enforcement officers.