Department of Environment
Overview of Department:
The Department of Environment was established as a separate entity in 2006, however many of the functions of the department were formally carried out by the Forestry Division which fell under the remit of the Department of Agriculture.
The Department’s key roles are to provide environmental stewardship, promote conservation and advise on the sustainable development of Montserrat. Responsibilities include direct management responsibility for climate change, biodiversity conservation and Multilateral Environmental Agreements and collaborative responsibility for monitoring developmental best practices.
The DOE is guided principally by the Conservation and Environmental Management Act (CEMA).
To achieve long-term protection and sustainable productivity of Montserrat’s natural resources and the ecosystem services they provide in support of optimal and equitable economic, social and cultural development for present and future generations.
To efficiently and effectively carry out the responsibilities for mainstreaming environmental matters and ensuring the protection, conservation and sustainable management and use of natural resources and the environment by (1) promoting sound environmental management policies and practices through policy formulation and implementation, monitoring, data analysis, regulation, education, information and advice and (2) assisting organizations and agencies across the public, private and civil society sectors in achieving their mandates through support, coordination and facilitation.
30th consecutive hosting of the annual National Tree Planting Day Preparations are nearing completion for the hosting of National Tree Planting Day 2020, which is
Mountain Chickens Introduced To Semi-Wild Enclosure Last Year Survived Chytrid For the first time ever the Department of Environment, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the
Over 1300 lbs of plastic waste and abandoned fishing gear collected in one hour at the beach clean-up organised by the Department of the Environment
The Department of Environment (DOE) is responsible for environmental management and includes the following areas;
- Direction and implementation of environmental policy;
- Biodiversity conservation and research;
- Management of protected areas;
- Multilateral environmental agreements;
- Climate change – policy, adaptation and mitigation;
- Sustainable forestry and watershed management;
- Environmental assessment and monitoring;
- Public education and outreach; and
- Collection and management of environmental data.
The DOE also provides technical support and professional advice via coordination and facilitation of environmental best practice.