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What Fishermen and Friends of the Sea wishes for in 2011
For 2011, we at Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) wish each citizen and every illegal immigrant a bright and prosperous new year. The 2011 FFOS wish list are recommendations coming from an NGO perspective are that:
Regulations are established for the administration of monies from the Green Fund to ensure proper funding of the EMA.
The Judicial and Legal Services Commission appoints commissioners to the Environmental Commission.
A full review of the EM Act is conducted immediately and the necessary amendments made. This review should be done in consultation with key stakeholders.
Implementation of the principles set out in the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) are put into T&T’s environmental legislation.
A commitment be made that no new quarrying applications, pending or otherwise, would be granted by the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries until the CEC (Designated Activities) Order, 2001 has been amended to include all quarries.
An amendment of the CEC Rules be made to give the EMA the discretion for an existing activity whether listed under the CEC (Designated Activities) Order, 2001 or otherwise to require such person to apply for a secondary CEC where in the opinion of the EMA there is a significant risk to human health and the environment (eg all quarries would therefore face possible refusal of the secondary CEC if an area is deemed to be sensitive).
The EMA be required to prepare and present to Parliament an annual stewardship report.
Implementation of a policy that the EMA should not retain legal counsel on its own behalf where legal counsel is at the same time also representing other people in matters against the EMA.
An amendment of the EM Act be made to widen the jurisdiction and powers of the Environmental Commission to ensure that environmental matters arising under the EM Act are determined by the specialist tribunal.
A review of the permit fee structure under the Water Pollution Rules, 2001 be undertaken by the minister responsible for the environment and the necessary amendments be effected to ensure that the adopted permit fee structure is in accordance with the polluter pays principle.
Investigation be undertaken to assess the independence of the decision-making by the board of directions and the chief executive officer of the EMA.
An independent ministry be established for dealing with national affairs related to the management, conservation and protection of the environment.
The establishment of a national council for sustainable development in keeping with commitments under Agenda 21 (Global Action Plan, 1192 Rio Earth Summit) and the National Environmental Policy of T&T.
Terrence Beddoe, president
Gary Aboud, secretary, FFOS
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