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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was legally established by the Environmental Protection Act in 1996. It has the responsibility to take the necessary measures to manage, conserve, protect and improve environment. This entails that the Agency takes actions to prevent and control pollution; assess the impact of economic development on the environment; and ensure the sustainable use of Guyana’s natural resources.

The EPA is under the umbrella of the Department of Environment, Ministry of Presidency.



Our mission is to protect and manage our natural environment by:

  • coordinating programmes to conserve and sustainably use of natural resources;
  • assessing the impact of development activities on the environment;
  • integrating appropriate environmental provisions into development planning; and
  • promoting public participation in environmental decision-making.



The Environmental Protection Act empowers the Agency to oversee the environmental activities of all persons.

The Agency is regulatory with authority to grant or not grant permits for developmental project that will impact on the environment.  As a regulator, the Agency is also required to monitor activities of development and to enforce the provisions of the Act.

The Agency is the National Focal Point (NFP) for three Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements: UN Convention of Biological Diversity, Basel Convention, and the Cartagena Convention. Its role as NFP it to coordinate activities to meet national responsibilities under these Agreements.

For the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the Agency coordinates the preparation of National Biodiversity Reports, National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, and Biodiversity Regulations. These tools also able the Agency to accomplish its responsibilities according to the Environmental Protection Act.

For the Basel Convention (Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal) the Agency takes measures to control the import and export of hazardous waste through granting of authorization.

For the Cartagena Convention (Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Area), the Agency coordinates activities particularly in relation to the protection of marine wildlife.

The Agency also promotes and public participation in relation to scoping of environmental impact assessments and encourages a better understanding and appreciation of the natural environment and its role in economic development.

The Agency’s work is organized into programme areas, each with a specific focus, including: air quality and noise; freshwater; waste; biological resources, land resources, research and development, ecological and human health risk, and education, communication and awareness. These programmes are supported by a technical secretariat, environmental analytical services, legal services and administrative services.


MOTTO: “The Environment is Everybody’s Business”.