Fiji’s Environment Management Act 2005 (“EMA”) came into force on 1 January 2008.
Additionally these Regulations have also come into force:
- Environment Management (Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Process) Regulations 2007
- Environment Management (Waste Disposal and Recycling) Regulations 2007 (“Waste Disposal Regulations”)
- Fiji EIA Guidelines
This is the full Act as gazetted in 2005.
Prior to EMA 2005
Prior to the enactment of the EMA, environmental legislation was approached on an ad-hoc basis, with different pieces of legislation enacted to deal with specific issues. Although this other legislation still exists, the EMA seeks to consolidate aspects of their administration.
Specifically, the EMA provides inspectors under the EMA with powers to conduct inquiries for breaches and issue improvement notices to ensure compliance with the EMA and those other acts.