Political will is the firm intention or commitment on the part of a government to carry through a policy, especially one which is not immediately successful or popular. It is the motive force that promotes political action. A collection of political benefits and costs resulting from the passing of any given law. Passing these laws may upset some and please others.
The government owns all the natural resources and it’s their mandate to manage them. They are responsible for ensuring that these resources are sustainably conserved. And this is why a political will is vital in conservation. All the policies and laws protecting natural resources are made in parliaments. The personnel entrusted to protect the natural resources are employed by the government.
In short, the government is the major decision-maker when it comes to natural resources. With that in mind, they can be able to save or neglect the resources. If they don’t contribute enough and needed political will, natural resources will be doomed.
The non-governmental organization works tirelessly to ensure that natural resources are protected. They get involved in many peaceful demonstrations, conservancy, communities developments programs, among others. They do so to promote conservation education and awareness. They help the communities living within conservation areas, understand, and appreciate natural resources. They are a key pillar of the conservation efforts.
The efforts of these NGOs may be in vain if the government of the day does not come through. There’s a need for a strong political will in protecting natural resources. The government normally has the final say. They can either support and hear out the NGOs. By doing so, they can be able to pass laws and policies that promote conservation.
We have all the needed technology to address climate change but lack the political will. This is widely known in the world of environmentalists.
How do you recognize Political Will
Sufficient set of decision-makers
Political will greatly depend on the number of politicians for the passing of the law. If the politicians supporting the agenda are more than those opposing it, then we have a political will.
A common understanding of a particular problem on the formal agenda
This is whereby the government sees a need to act to resolve a crisis due to its nature. One example is when the government of Kenya decided to temporarily ban logging to evaluate the country’s forest cover status.
Commitment to supporting
This is greatly dependent on the decision-makers preferences. It is an important segment of political will. It is determined by the sincerity and the push being involved. If the stakeholders/ public or any other parties can make the policymakers be on their side fully.
Potentially effective policy solution
The government will not necessarily support an issue to the completion as expected and this greatly affects the decision-making. It should be able to support the agenda regardless of the benefits and costs. Effective political will includes real commitments.
The success of environmental conservation will benefit all of us. It’s high time that the government supports it. Actively involving the public in decision-making. Representing people’s interests as opposed to their selfish needs. It’s time for them to save our disappearing flora and fauna species. To stop grabbing land meant for wildlife and have nature interest at heart.