St Helena’s first comprehensive piece of environmental legislation was released for public consultation on 15 September 2015.
The draft Environmental Protection Ordinance deals with the protection of St Helena’s environment, including the conservation of biodiversity, the control of pollution, waste and litter, consideration of environmental impacts in decision making and environmental monitoring.
The Environmental Protection Ordinance has been developed over the past four years and includes stakeholder input given prior to legal drafting. We now invite comments on the final draft version by Friday 9 October 2015.
To assist with interpreting and understanding the Ordinance, a Plain English guide has been produced and copies of this and the draft Ordinance itself have been placed in the Public Library, Customer Services Centre, Essex House and ENRD’s Scotland Office. Personal copies are available on request. Both the Environmental Protection Ordinance and the user guide can also be found at: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/.
Staff from the Environmental Management Division will be available in Essex House for One to One drop-in sessions with interested persons at the following dates and times:
- Tuesday 29 September, from 11am – 1pm
- Friday 2 October, from 11am – 1pm
- Wednesday 7 October, from 2 – 5pm
Environmental Assessment and Advocacy Manager, Isabel Peters, said: “We have included drop-in sessions as part of the public consultation to provide additional opportunities for those interested to learn more about the new Environmental Protection Ordinance and raise any issues or concerns on a one to one basis.”
For further information on the drop-in sessions or the Environmental Protection Ordinance in general, please contact Isabel Peters, at Essex House, on tel: 22270 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
23 September 2015