What is this Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL)

About once a month we have a client or colleague ask us “So, what exactly is this Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL), and what does the Government do with it?”

So in the spirit of answering questions and putting this online so it’s easy to Google, here is the official Fiji Government presentation and talk about what the Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL) is all about.

Fiji Ministry of Environment – EIA consultant registration requirements

Ever since the Fiji Ministry of Environment started keeping a list of consultants approved to carry out studies for Environmental Impact Assessments in 2008, Helen Sykes of Marine Ecology Consulting has been registered as a “Subject Specialist/ Technical Expert“.

A Technical Expert  conducts specific studies and/or assessments based on their specialist field, and contributes those specialist studies to overall EIA reports.

NBSAP for Fiji 2017–2024

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) for Fiji 2017–2024

The Fiji National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2017–2024 (NBSAP) is a national policy document recognised under the Fiji Environment Management Act 2005.

The NBSAP is also a requirement for all parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its 2020 Aichi Targets.

Endangered and Protected Species (Amendment) Act, (No. 10 of 2017)

Endangered & Protected Species Act 2002 & 2017 Amendment

On 28 March 2017 the Endangered and Protected Species (Amendment) Act, (No. 10 of 2017) (Amendment Act) was made to amend the Endangered and Protected Species Act 2002 (EPS Act).

The EPS Act regulates the domestic and international trade of endangered species by requiring a permit to be applied for before any endangered species can be traded within Fiji or internationally.

The EPS Act is the Fiji legislation that implements the multi-lateral treaty CITES or the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Environment Management (Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Process) Regulations 2007

Fiji Environment Management (EIA Process) Regulations 2007

These Regulations may be cited as the Environment Management (EIA Process) Regulations 2007.

A person who carries out any development activity or undertaking which is subject to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process without an approved EIA report commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $750,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both.

Fiji EIA Guidelines

Fiji EIA Guidelines by the Fiji Department of Environment

Fiji EIA Guidelines as prepared by the Fiji Department of Environment

In the promotion of environmentally sound and sustainable development, it is indispensable to establish the necessary legal and institutional arrangements such that environmental factors are considered at the early stages of project planning.

Environmental assessment is an important technique for ensuring that the likely impacts on the environment of proposed developments are fully understood and taken into account before such developments is allowed to proceed.

Environment Management Act (2005)

Fiji Environment Management Act

Fiji’s Environment Management Act 2005 (“EMA”) came into force on 1 January 2008.

Additionally these Regulations have also come into force:

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