Environmental Management Act Chapter 35:05
In March 1995, the Environmental Management Act No.3 was passed. It was later repealed and re-enacted as the Environmental Management Act (EM Act), Chapter 35:05 of 2000. The EM Act is legislation with the goal of ensuring the protection, conservation, enhancement and wise use of the environment of Trinidad and Tobago.
The EM Act established the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and provided for its composition, administration, financing and role. To give effect to the many provisions of the EM Act, subsidiary legislation is required and this is being put in place by the EMA. The EM Act also provides for an Environmental Trust Fund and the establishment of a tribunal, known as the Environmental Commission, a superior court of record that hears appeals on decisions taken by the EMA.