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What are the functions of the Environmental Management Authority EMA According to Environmental Management Act of 2000 Act 16 article 1 and 2and I quote 16 1 The general function of the Authority are to a Make recommendations for a National Environmental Policy b Develop and implement policies and programmes for the effective management and wise use of the environment consistent with the objects of this Act c Co-ordinate environmental management functions performed by person in Trinidad and Tobago d Make recommendations for the rationalisation of all government entities performing environmental functions e Promote educational and public awareness programmes on the environment f Develop and establish national environmental standards and criteria g Monitor compliance with the standards criteria and programmes relating to the environment h Take all appropriate actions for the prevention and control of pollution and conservation of the environment i Establish and co-ordinate institutional linkages locally regionally and internationally j Perform such other functions as are prescribed and k Undertake anything identical or conductive to the performance of the foregoing functions 2 In performing its functions the Authority shall facilitate co-operation among persons and manage the environment in a manner which fosters participation and promotes consensus including the encouragement and use of appropriate means to avoid or expeditiously resolve disputes through mechanism for alternative dispute resolution End of quote What limitations exist concerning these functions There are many limitations facing the EMA for example a lack of funds the Environmental Management Authority depends on international organisations and NGOs for funding example World Health Organization WHO and United Nations UN since the government of Trinidad and Tobago does not meet all the financial needs Money is need for everything For a simple pen and paper to take notes on money is needed the point I am trying to make is for every single activity that the Environmental Management Authority seeks to carry out money is needed regardless of how small it is Even thought
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