With the enactment of National Law No. 27,592-Yolanda Law-, the national State established mandatory training in environmental matters for people who exercise public functions.
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Within the framework of the new regulations, the enforcement authority (the National Ministry of the Environment) summoned civil society organizations and scientific institutions specialized in the matter, in order to establish the “General Guidelines” for training. To this end, the Ministry made available a base document for making comments and a web form.
From Fundeps, after analyzing the base document, we present contributions related to the so-called epistemological axes that should guide the training. We also made comments on the teaching-learning methodological alternatives to be adopted.
It remains to be noted that the document proposes certain “mandatory” topics for the entire state sector and others of an “optional” nature. However, the generality in the formulation of the conceptual contents is generic and presents several disadvantages depending on the perspective adopted on the subject. For this reason, we suggest certain core minimum contents in which the training program must be established within the framework of the Yolanda Law.
Training in environmental matters is essential for institutional design, public policy development and judicial decision-making, thus understanding the three functions that the State exercises (legislative, executive and judicial). It is necessary that the issues to be addressed present a strong commitment to the state function to guarantee the sustainability of life and the enjoyment of fundamental rights.
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