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X. NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY:

This chapter addresses the need to integrate environmental concerns into national institutions and administrative arrangements, specifically in terms of economic and development planning. Recommendations for national action include: strengthen institutional arrangements and administrative capacity to integrate environment and economic policy in national planning; develop implementation strategies and schedules; establish or strengthen environmental agencies; increase the involvement of NGOs, local communities and other major groups; improve public education; develop national, provincial/State and local environmental regulations; and enact domestic legislation required for the implementation of the wide range of international environmental conventions and agreements relevant to SIDS.

Regional and international action should include: improve access to financial and technical assistance to strengthen national institutions and administrative capacity; support the development of a small islands sustainable development information network; assist in providing training and capacity-building services; and promote closer cooperation to improve national and international measures to combat illicit drug trafficking and money laundering.