STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY NADRA NATHAI-GYAN ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020 AND THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EMA

June 5th 2020 marks the observance of World Environment Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).June 5th 2020 marks the observance of World Environment Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the EMA join the worldwide celebration of World Environment Day 2020 with the theme, “Time for Nature” and together with our stakeholders embark on a year of activities set against the backdrop of this theme and in celebration of the EMA’s 25 years of national service.World Environment Day is a significant annual global observance designated by the United Nations as the principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment; raising consciousness on current and emerging environmental issues, from land and marine pollution to global warming and human overpopulation.

With the advent of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), there has been rapid transformation of human behaviour and in particular the way we interact with each other. Stay-at-home measures became the norm with a positive impact on the environment. We have all observed in some manner the healing of natural spaces, animals reclaiming their habitats, cleaner coastlines, reduced emissions and less noise to name a few. The image of river otters swimming undisturbed in a river in East Trinidad posted by a Facebook user shortly after the “lock-down” illustrates this quite well. The reality of this paradox coincides with the theme for 2020, Time for Nature and it is a message to be embraced wholeheartedly into 2021. After all, it is undisputed that there is a direct connection between time spent in nature and healthy populations—both mentally and physically. For the EMA therefore, 2020 is a significant and momentous occasion....read more