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Ms Valerie Brachya

Decisions by Ministries, such as whether or not to support a development proposal, may reflect the relative strength of one department over another, rather than a thorough analysis of the consequential effects of a proposal on all environmental media. Despite the use of integrating instruments, such as an environmental impact assessment, priority may be rightly or wrongly given to promoting the goals of an environmental media of high profile rather than to an environmental media of high importance. An example worth reviewing is the promotion of wind turbines, which are very visible though ineffective, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the importance of protecting sensitive natural landscapes of high value for biodiversity and ecosystem services