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What We Do

The Authority facilitates co-operation among persons and manages the environment in a manner, which fosters participation and promotes consensus, including encouraging the use of appropriate means to avoid or expeditiously resolve disputes through mechanisms for alternative dispute resolution.

  • Make recommendations for a National Environment Policy;
  • Develop and implement policies and programmes for the effective management and wise use of the environment, consistent with the objects of the EM Act;
  • Co-ordinate environmental management functions performed by persons in Trinidad and Tobago;
  • Make recommendations for the rationalization of all governmental entities performing environmental functions;
  • Promote educational and public awareness programs on the environment;
  • Develop and establish national environmental standards and criteria;
  • Monitor compliance with the standards criteria and programs relating to the environment;
  • Take all appropriate action for the prevention and control of pollution and conservation of the environment;
  • Establish and co-ordinate institutional linkages locally, regionally and internationally;
  • Undertake anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the foregoing functions.
  • Conduct analyses of air, soil and water to determine program priorities.
  • Issue Certificates of Environmental Clearance to new development projects that may impact the environment; in some cases an Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) may be a requirement of the developer.
  • Monitor compliance according to the standards in the Noise Pollution Control Rules 2001 and processing variations for persons wishing to exceed standards;
  • Provide for the designation and protection of Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Species.
  • Resolve complaints through voluntary compliance, support to other agencies or enforcement of rules;
  • Respond to emergency incidents and spills in conjunction with other government agencies. Provides technical and investigative support to response teams.
  • Assist the Government in implementing global and regional environmental agreements including:
  • Provide advice to other government agencies, NGOs and individuals on environmental matters.
  • Maintain a large and diverse information centre to support the above programs.
Water Guide Noise Guide Air Guide Biodiversity Guide CEC Guide