Environmental Commission hosts Public Education Forum

The Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago hosted its first Public Education Forum on Wednesday 29 March, 2006 at the Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel. The purpose of the session was to introduce the public to the Environmental Commission – its members and its purpose, role and function. The session was chaired by Her Honour Sandra Paul, Chairman of the Commission, and attended by a broad cross section of Tobago’s public including the Hon. Hilton Sandy, Secretary for Agriculture, Marine Affairs and the Environment in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Mrs. Anne Mitchell-Gift, Presiding Officer in the THA, representatives from various THA departments and civil society groups, including Environment TOBAGO and Buccoo Reef Trust.

The Environmental Commission is a superior court of record established by Section 8 (1) of the Environmental Management Act, 2000 (EM Act, 2000). It is the first specialised environmental court in the history of Trinidad and Tobago and is charged with the resolution of environmental disputes.

The Commission was officially launched in February 2005 and comprises a Chairman, Deputy Chairman and four part-time members. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are Attorneys-at-law of not less than ten years standing while the members are persons with qualifications or expertise in the areas of environmental issues, engineering, natural sciences or social sciences. Currently, there are three members serving. A fourth, in the field of engineering is yet to be appointed.

For more information about the Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago you can visit the website at www.ec.gov.tt.