Yes, there is existing law provisioned under the Environmental Management Act (2007) and Regulations (2012), that is enforcing environmental protection and all bush harvesting activities must comply. Any activity which requires a permit under the Forest Act requires an Environmental Clearance Certificate. This Act is administered by the Environmental Commissioner in the Directorate of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). In order to get Environmental Clearance, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has to be completed, together with an Environmental Management Plan (EMP). An EIA is an assessment of the environmental damage that a project might cause, and the EMP provides advice on how the negative impacts can be avoided or reduced.  An EIA is usually carried out by an independent environmental practitioner. Currently the environmental clearance certificate is valid for 3 years.>>> Read More

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