The Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), formerly known as the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), was established in 1985.

Its mission (approved by the National Executive Council on 22 August 1989) is to ensure natural and physical resources are managed to sustain environmental quality and human well-being.

Legislations Administered

  • Conservation and Environment Protection Authority Act 2014
  • Environment Act 2000
  • Conservation Areas Act 1978
  • International Trade (Fauna & Flora) Act 1979
  • Fauna (Protection and Control) Act 1966
  • Crocodile Trade (Protection) Act 1974
  • National Parks Act (repealed?)


What CEPA is responsible for

Listed here are a few funtions of Papua New Guinea Conservation and Environment Protection Authority.

Protected Areas Management

establishment and management of national parks and protected areas

Conservation Management

conservation of flora and fauna, and species management

Environmental Impact Assessments

environmental impact assessment of major projects including infrastructure, forestry, agriculture, mining and petroleum proposals;

Administration of PNG’s regional and international environmental conventions

Environment management policy development

Biodiversity protection policy development

Hazardous Substances

pollution control and the regulation of hazardous substances

Management of Water Resources

Biodiversity assessment and data management

Hydrological investigation, data collection and analysis

Coordination of donor funded programs

Education & Awareness