The Department oversees the activities of environmental compliance and management, protected areas development and management, national parks management and wildlife conservation and protection.
To develop a robust, world-class environmental system that safeguards the integrity of the natural environment and protects public health through the development and adoption of appropriate, sustainable and coherent policies and programmes.
The Department of Environment (DoE), under the aegis of the Ministry of the Presidency, has the mandate to coordinate and lead all efforts in transforming the country to a sustainable and green state by ensuring: (1) the sustainable use, conservation and protection of the natural environment; (2) the development of robust and resilient infrastructure; (3) the creation of comprehensive environmental policies and legislation; (4) the preservation of public health through effective environmental safeguards; and (5) a better quality of life for all Guyanese.
The Department, which falls under the Ministry of the Presidency, will also oversee the activities of environmental compliance and management, protected areas development and management, national parks management and wildlife conservation and protection. It will be directly responsible for the Environmental Protection Agency, Protected Areas Commission/National Parks Commission and the Wildlife Division.
The Department has supervisory powers over the Environmental Protection Agency, Protected Areas Commission/National Parks Commission and the Wildlife Division.
It is the repository for the institutional mechanism for environmental compliance and management in Guyana. The Department works to ensure the improvement of the legal and administrative coordination of the various sectorial initiatives related to management of Guyana's Environment.
It will also work with Research Agencies, Civil Society, Government Agencies and other Stakeholders to advance Government’s environmental agenda in a way that demonstrates that economic growth and environmental stewardship can be complementary strategies.