What are the functions of the Environmental Management Authority (EMA)? According to Environmental Management Act, of 2000, Act 16, article 1 and 2and I quote "16. (1) The general function of the Authority are to;
(a) Make recommendations for a National Environmental Policy;
(b) Develop and implement policies and programmes for the effective management and wise use of the environment, consistent with the objects of this Act;
(c) Co-ordinate environmental management functions performed by person in Trinidad and Tobago;
(d) Make recommendations for the rationalisation of all government entities performing environmental functions;
(e) Promote educational and public awareness programmes on the environment;
(f) Develop and establish national environmental standards and criteria;
(g) Monitor compliance with the standards criteria and programmes relating to the environment;
(h) Take all appropriate actions for the prevention and control of pollution and conservation of the environment;
(i) Establish and co-ordinate institutional linkages locally, regionally and internationally;
(j) Perform such other functions as are prescribed; and
(k) Undertake anything identical or conductive to the performance of the foregoing functions.
(2) In performing its functions, the Authority shall facilitate co-operation among persons and manage the environment in a manner which fosters participation and promotes consensus, including the encouragement and use of appropriate means to avoid or expeditiously resolve disputes through mechanism for alternative dispute resolution." End of quote.
What limitations exist concerning these functions? There are many limitations facing the E.M.A, for example a lack of funds, the Environmental Management Authority depends on international organisations and NGO's for funding example World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (U.N), since the government of Trinidad and Tobago does not meet all the financial needs. Money is need for everything. For a simple pen and paper to take notes on, money is needed, the point I am trying to...