Welcome to the upgraded website of the Department of Environment.
I hope that through our website you will gain information promptly and easily regarding our powers, mission and activities as well as the services we provide to the public.
The Department of Environment was established in 2010 and falls under the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment. It is the environmental authority of the state and forms a transformation of the Environment Service which was created in 1986 following a decision of the Council of Ministers.
The Department of Environment acts as a Regulatory Authority i.e. adopts, implements controls and monitors development activities which could affect the environment. It also monitors and evaluates the parameters that make up the upgrading of environmental quality. The Department’s scope of areas of concern also includes the protection of nature and biodiversity as a main natural capital, pollution control and waste management in the context of their use as resource of circular economy, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaption to the effort against climate change.
We work closely with other departments such as the Department of Forestry, the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research, the Game and Fauna Service and the Town Planning and Housing Department, for a comprehensive approach to multilateral environmental issues. We are also in constant contact with the European Commission as well as with non-governmental organizations, which are an important link to express opinions on various issues.
Our website contains information regarding our current activities, announcements, events, licensing, inspections, and data as part of actions in the various sections of the Department. The goal of the upgraded website is to provide you with instant and easy information and service within the framework of our business.
Both I and the personnel of the Department are at your disposal to listen to you and use ideas and suggestions towards our continuous improvement.