OUR MANDATEThe Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) was established in 1985 and vested with the powers to protect the environmental values of air, water, soil and biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources as mandated by the Fourth Goal of the National Constitution:
“Papua New Guinea’s natural resources and environment to be conserved and used for the collective benefit of all and are replenished for the benefit of future generations”
- Wise use to be made of our natural resources and environment in and on land or sea bed, under the land and in the air, in the interest of our development and in trust for future generations
- The conservation and replenishment, for the benefit of ourselves and prosperity, of the environment and its sacred, scenic and historical qualities: and
- All necessary steps to be taken to give adequate protection to our valuable birds, animal, insect, plants and trees.
Legislation and International Conventions
DEC is empowered to implement its Mandate through a number of key pieces of legislation and International Conventions, to which the Government is a signatory.
Our values and guiding principles
In upholding the National Constitution the Department seeks to honor the following values:
- Transparency, integrity and impartiality in carrying out its core business
- Being accountable
- Accepting responsibility
- Commitment to engaging with and partnering with all stakeholders as the custodians of the environment and natural resources
- Client focused and result oriented
- Teamwork, open communication and mutual respect