About CEPA

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  • National Parks Act (repealed?)

CEPA’s Functions

Protected Areas Management

establishment and management of national parks and protected areas

Conservation Management

conservation of flora and fauna, and species management

Administration of PNG’s regional and international environmental conventions

What CEPA is responsible for?

Listed here are a few roles and responsibilities of Papua New Guinea Conservation and Environment Protection Authority

  • Environment management policy development
  • Biodiversity protection policy development
  • Pollution control and the regulation of hazardous substances
  • Management of Water Resources
  • Environmental Impact Assessments of major projects including infrastructure, forestry, agriculture, mining and petroleum proposals;
  • Biodiversity assessment and data management
  • Hydrological investigation, data collection and analysis
  • Coordination of donor funded programs
  • Education & Awareness