The ‘Environment Department’ came into existence in the year 2006 by delinking the subject Environment from the Science, Technology & Environment Department. The primary concerns of the Department are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the State’s natural resources, its biodiversity and the prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Department is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.
The Directorate of Environment and Climate Change (DoECC) under Environment Department was constituted in December, 2010. The Directorate is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of Environment Department for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of Central and State environmental protection and conservation policies and programmes. The Directorate also serves as the nodal agency in formulating climate change related schemes, plans, programmes and their execution.
The main functions of Directorate are:
- Take up State level environment development programmes and implement them in collaboration with appropriate agencies;
- Coordinate the programmes for the revision and implementation of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC), set up Climate Change Cell at various sectors;
- Exercise administrative control of all environmentally related authorities / institutes being established in State;
- Conduct environmental appraisal at planning level related to the development schemes of the State Government;
- Coordinate the environmental awareness and incentives programmes in education institutes and society to evoke the responsibility of individuals to respect, protect, and preserve the environment.
- Encourage the environmental research and development to broaden the knowledge and to develop new sustainable novel technologies.