Environmental policy is defined as an organization’s commitment to laws, regulations and other policy mechanisms concerning environmental issues. Some of these issues can include: water, air pollution,noise, solid waste management, biodiversity, ecosystem management, the protection of natural resources, wildlife and endangered species, energy policies or regulation of toxic substances etc..
The environmental policy of a given country varies according to the government’s outlooks. In Canada for example, with an economy based on resource extraction, this had led various governments to compromise on actions toward combating climate change. The Canadian Constitution in its 1982 amendments recognizes that provinces and territories have constitutional rights to manage their non-renewable natural resources, forestry assets and electrical energy; including a levy on mining tax and royalties.
The essential steps of policy development are:
- Defining the problem.
- Setting objectives.
- Developing policy options.
- Identifying the likely consequences of each option.
- Deciding on a policy.
GEECS’s wide range of services include, but are not limited to:
- Advocate for targeted policy development for conservation and preservation of natural habitats such as land, forests and water bodies (oceans, lakes, rivers, catchment areas);
- Manage the environment by linking together the activities, interests and perspectives of all groups, including individuals, the private sector, non-government organisation and government at both the central and the local levels;
- Integrate environmental, economic, and social perspectives into business strategies, and carry out corporate operations that are in harmony with people and the environment;
- Advise local, provincial and federal governments on the formulation of environmental policies;
- Assess and recommend to our clients sound environmental policies (economic incentives, market-led tools, etc.) that fit their targets and circumstances; and
- Work with our partners in aligning their policies to their projected development initiatives and Work with countries and other stakeholders towards their commitment to implement their NDCs.