While constitutional environmental provisions are now the norm throughout most of the world, there are no provisions regarding environmental rights and duties in the constitution of Cyprus. There are, however, fundamental rights and directive principles of the State policy which are dedicated to the rights and freedoms of the individuals. Chapter 2 of the constitution recognises and guarantees fundamental human rights as well as cultural, social, economic and political rights of individuals. Efforts have been made to integrate environmental rights and duties under these categories but to no avail.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment is the authority for the endorsement and implementation of governmental policy on environmental issues. On the other hand, The Environment Service of the Ministry, a personnel team of the Ministry Directorate, provides advice on issues of environmental policy, coordination of environmental action plans and supervision on the performance and implementation of environmental policy and legislation.