Copyright: Paul Tyson
Copyright: Paul Tyson


With a sub-tropical climate, St Helena’s environment is one of fascinating flora and fauna, and many species endemic to the Island. Its natural landscape of lush green peaks and breathtaking rock formations to grassy plains and sub-tropical valleys.

Changing dramatically from one area to another, it is a photographer’s haven. The St Helena Government is committed to conserving this environment and in 2012 created an Environmental Management Directorate (EMD). The EMD focuses on policy and legislation, communication and stakeholder engagement, evidence-based advice, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and enforcement. Its focus will be to mainstream environment and climate change within St Helena Government and to excel in world class environmental protection.

As part of this process, some applications for development are subject to Environmental Impact Assessments as per the Land Planning and Development Control Ordinance. A copy of the remit of the different sections within EMD can be viewed here.  In addition, other Government, non-Government and voluntary organisations are involved in taking forward a number of projects which have/are being financially supported by the Overseas Territories Environment Programme [funded jointly by the Department for International Development (DFID) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)].

A National Environmental Management Plan has been developed to implement St Helena’s 3rd National Goal – ‘Effective Management of the Environment.’ This will be delivered through a set of high level environmental objectives and targets for St Helena, and the creation and implementation of systems and processes for ensuring that these environmental objectives are fully considered in legislation, policy, planning and decision-making. The EMD Organogram can be viewed here.

Four sections work within the Environmental Management Division:  Environmental Advocacy, Marine Conservation Section,Terrestrial Conservation Section, and Environmental Risk Management.

EMD can also assist researchers wishing to come to St Helena. Further details can be found here:

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Related Documents


Environmental Management Plan 2012_2022 FINAL-070912Environmental HotlineSHG Environmental Management Directorate Strategic Plan Final-2012-2015 Environmental Assessment and Environmental Statement for St Helena’s Airport Procedural Manual for Environmental Impact Assessment for St Helena Environmental Impact Assessment – Guidelines for Applicants Seeking Development Permission