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ENVIRONMENTAL POLICE UNIT
Formed in 1999, the Environmental Police Unit comprised
Special Reserve Police officers from the Trinidad and Tobago
Police Service. The current approved complement of officers is
twenty-three (23), with one position vacant.
The core functions of this unit is:
o To act as appointed Environmental Inspectors under
the EM Act;
o To serve documents;
o To monitor variations;
o To police environmentally sensitive areas;
o To monitor the protection of environmental sensitive
species designated under the EM Act;
o To assist the EMA in enforcing its legislation, conditions of
permits, CECs, as well as other supporting legislation;
o To monitor pollution;
o To respond to environmental complaints;
o To patrol highways;
o Generally to enforce the laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES:
The Administration and Support Services division is responsible
for the management of the support functions of the EMA. The
General Manager, Administration and Support Services provides
oversight and direction to the various disciplines within the unit.
The division comprises the following Units:
o Financial Accounting
o Fund / Treasury Management
o Procurement and Asset Management
o Information Technology
o Human Resources
o General Administration
The core functions of this division are as follows:
o To provide logistical support to the organisation;
o To make available, timely and accurate and complete
information on the financial performance and status of the
EMA for sound decision-making;
o To ensure the implementation of good governance
principles and accountability;
Effect of Functions on Members of the Public:
The Environmental Management Act, Chap. 35:05 mandates the EMA:-
o To implement government policies;
o To undertake programmes for the effective management
and wise use of the environment;
o To co-ordinate environmental management functions
performed by persons in Trinidad and Tobago;
o To promote education and awareness;
o To develop and establish national environmental standards
o To undertake monitoring and inspection activities;
o To prevent and control pollution;
o To promote conservation;
o To establish and co-ordinate local, regional and
international institutional linkages;
o To facilitate co-operation among persons as well as
manage the environment in a manner which fosters public
participation and promotes consensus.
The work of the EMA, therefore, impacts every sector and citizen
of the country. The EMA solicits feedback from citizens through
requests for public comments, public consultations, committees
and advisory bodies. Each citizen has an opportunity to be
involved in the formulation of policy, standards and other criteria
affecting the environment through attendance at, and response
to requests for public comments on various draft legislation, poli-
cies and development projects. Citizens may also lodge com-
plaints or report violations.
Section 7 (1) (a) (ii)
Categories of Documents in the possession of the EMA
1. Administrative records.
2. Files dealing with administrative support and general
administrative documents for the operations of the EMA.
3. Personnel files, which detail all staff appointments, job
applications, job specifications, promotions, transfers,
resignations, deaths, retirements, leave, vacation, etc.
4. Files dealing with the accounting and financial
management function of the EMA.
5. Financial Records (cheques, vouchers, receipts,
6. Files dealing with matters relating to the procurement of
supplies, services and equipment.
7. Cabinet documents.
8. Maps / charts/ photographs / compact discs/digital video,
discs / diskettes /abstracts/ tapes / catalogues.
9. News Releases as well as speeches originating from the EMA.
10. Policy and procedure documents.
11. Internal and external correspondence files.
12. Customer / Suppliers files.
13. Documents relating to strategic review of the EMA,
information technology strategy and training plans.
14. Legislation and legal instruments.
15. Legal opinions and related matters.
16. Files dealing with training - local and foreign, as well as
17. Minutes/Agenda of meetings.
18. Files dealing with Circulars, memoranda, notices,
19. Reports: statistical, annual/monthly/quarterly, audit,
consultants'/technical, terms of reference, corporate,
valuation, state of the environment, etc.
20. Environmental impact assessments.
21. Briefing papers.
22. Books, booklets, leaflets, pamphlets, brochures, posters,
23. Files dealing with official functions, conferences and
events hosted and attended by the EMA.
24. Periodicals and publications.
25. Complaint files.
26. Public guidelines (Noise variation applications, CEC
applications, Source registration and Water Polluters'
27. National Registers (Certificates of Environmental
Clearance; Noise Variation, Water and Air).
28. Evaluation documents for public education programmes.
Section 7 (1) (a) (iii)
Material prepared for publication or inspection
The public may inspect the following material between the hours
of 8.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on working days at:-
The Information Centre
Environmental Management Authority
8 Elizabeth Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad & Tobago.
Telephone: (868) 628-8042
Fax: (868) 628 - 9122;
o A Community in Danger: "Lead Pollution at
o Water Pollution - Threatening our Quality of Life.
o The Certificate of Environmental Clearance Process.
o It's All About Us - A Look at Climate Change in Trinidad
o Mother Nature (Forest Fires and Flooding).
o Secondary schools' Eco-Song and
o Primary Schools' "Hands On" Competitions.
o Radio Programmes (Advertising Campaigns and Jingles).
Compact Discs and Audio Tapes:-
o EMA Radio Programmes.
o Addresses and speeches by the Honourable Ministers of
o Radio programmes (Advertising campaigns and Jingles).
o Presentations from the EMA's Environmental Conferences
(2005, 2006, 2007, 2009).
o Oil spills.
o Water quality.
o Environmental literacy surveys.
o State of the Environment.
o Annual report.
o A Guide To The Application for a Certificate of
o A Guide To The Noise Pollution Control Rules, 2001.
o Public Guide To Source Registration WPR (Revised 02).
o Public Guide To Permitting WPR (Revised).
o Instructional Booklet For Form A (Revised 02) - Application
For Source Registration
o Form A Application Guide (Revised 2010).
o Guidelines To Preparing A Claim For Confidentiality For A
o Instructional Guide For Completing The Noise Variation
Application Process For Events.
o EMA News.
o State of the Environment reports.
o Annual reports.
o National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan.
o National Environmental Policy.
o National Environmental Action Plan.
o Draft Environmental Code: A Consolidated Text of
o Initial National Communication of the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago under the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change.
o Green Business
o Noise FAQ Booklet: Your Guide to understanding the Noise
Pollution Control Rules
o Matura National Park: An Environmentally Sensitive Area
o Forests and You: Activity Booklet
o Importance of Wetlands: Activity Booklet
o Litter: Activity Booklet
o Wetlands: A Teachers' Module
o Mystic Mora
o Air Pollutants Register
o Certificates of Environmental Clearance Register
o Noise Variation Register
o Water Polluters Register
Section 7 (1) (a) (iv)
Literature available by subscription
Members of the public may subscribe for the following material:
(1) EMA News: Bi-annual (free).
(2) State of the environment reports: TT $100.00; US and the
Caribbean US$26.00; Europe US$28.00, Other US$30.00.
(3) Annual Reports: TT $125.00; US and the Caribbean
US$30.00; Europe US$32.00, Other US$33.00.
Section 7 (1) (a) (v)
Procedure to be followed when accessing a document from
How to Request Information:
o General Procedure:-
The applicant must complete the appropriate form (Request for
Access to Official Documents) available in our Information
Centre or at the Help Desk.
o Addressing Requests:-
To facilitate prompt handling of your request, please address it to
the Designated Officer or the Alternate Designated Officer of the
o Details in the Request:-
Applicants should provide details that will allow for ready identifi-
cation and location of the records that are being requested. If
insufficient information is provided, clarification will be sought
from the applicant. If you are not sure how to write your request
or what details to include communicate with our Designated
Requests not handled under the FOIA:-
o A request under the FOIA will not be processed to the extent
that it asks for information which is readily available to the public,
either from this public authority or from another public authority,
for example brochures, pamphlets, reports etc.
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
UPDATED PUBLIC STATEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY......CONTINUED
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