Environmental Protection Department
The role of the Environmental Protection Department is defined in the draft Minerals Law in the following terms. The Environmental Protection Department is responsible, in coordination with the other State authorities, for the protection of the environment, social welfare, local and indigenous populations and the natural and cultural heritage in connection with Mineral Activities.
In particular, the Department will be responsible for:
the recommendation and enforcement of Mining Regulations concerning the environmental and social
protection with regard to Mineral Activities
the technical evaluation of Mitigation and Rehabilitation Plan (MRP) submitted for Exploration Licences
the technical evaluation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Management Plans
EMP) submitted by Applicants for Exploitation Licences, and
monitoring compliance by operators with the environmental and social requirements of the Law, the Mining
Regulations and MRPs and EMPs
Further information on Environmental and Social Protection can be found in Chapter VI of the draft Minerals Law.