1984: The National Environmental Protection Act was enacted, establishing the RMI Environmental Protection Authority. Other environmental institutions that also manage the environment in RMI include the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) and the Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination (OEPPC). The legislation also establishes a National Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for the protection and management of the environment. The Act requires the EPA to:
1988: The Coast Conservation Act was approved, establishing the RMI EPA as the relevant authority and creating a position within the RMI EPA for a Director of Coast Conservation (Director). The Director’s functions include the formulation and execution of schemes of work for coast conservation within the Coastal Zones, and the conduct of research, in collaboration with other ministries, departments, agencies and institutions for the purpose of coast conservation.
1994: The Environmental Impact Assessment was passed. The regulations were drafted with the intent of guiding both government officials and the general public to “understand the environmental consequences of their decisions and take action consistent with the goal of protecting, restoring and enhancing the environment”. Part II requires that every proposed development activity include an assessment of the possible adverse impacts to the environment and possible alternatives to mitigate those impacts.
1997: The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Act was ratified. The legislation was made to establish the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) responsible for managing all marine resources within the fishery waters, which includes the exclusive economic zone, the territorial sea and internal waters.
1998:The Marshall Islands Fisheries Regulations were introduced to regulate authorisations required under the Marine Resources Act, licensing procedures and requirements, transshipment, fish export certification, vessel reporting requirements, and exportation of fish.
2003: The Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination (OEPPC) Act was signed. The Act establishes the Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination (OEPPC) and provides for its functions. The OEPPC is an advisory body to the Office of the President, Cabinet and the Ministries and government agencies on matters related to environmental planning and policy generally.
2003: The Land Recording and Registration Act was created to oversee the Land Registration Authority, overseeing the recording of all land interests, registration of certain land interests, and guarantee of title to registered interests.
Environmental Protection Agency (RMIEPA), Deborah Barker Manase (General Manager): email@example.com, Telephone +692 625-3035/5203