National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)
Professional title
Relevant stakeholder group
National Focal Points (NFPs)
Category of the request
Development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues.
Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law.
Request description
National Environmental Regulations are tools use to set standards in order to promote environmental governance towards attaining sustainable development. These tools also serve as instruments to address issues of environmental pollution, environmental degradation, climate change, among others.
With the emergence of new and trending environmental issues due to variety of human activities such as industrialization as well as natural causes like flood, have necessitated the need for relevant regulations to be reviewed periodically to accommodate and address them.
The National Environmental (Permitting and Licensing System) Regulations, 2009, S. I. No. 29 is among the eleven (11) National Environmental Regulations developed by the Agency in 2009. The Regulation (Permitting and Licensing Systems) seeks to control the activities of the regulated community in order to achieve statutory environmental target and outcomes such as improvement in air quality, environmental conservation and avoidance of exposure to waste, toxic and other hazardous substances, by issuing environmental permits to the Industries, Facilities, Businesses, among others.
These Environmental Permits which have significantly aided the Agency in achieving its mandate are categorized into 4 namely:
i. Air Quality Permit: Relating to issues on Industrial Emissions, Vehicular Emissions, Open Burning, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning equipment (RAC), and Noise;
ii. Waste and Toxic Substances Permit: Relating to issues on Waste Generation, Restricted Chemicals, Sludge Disposal and Effluent Discharge;
iii. Used Electrical and Electronic Equipment (UEEE) Permit: Relating to handling, import and export of UEEE; and
iv. Biodiversity Conservation Permit: Relating to issues on Assess to Genetic Resources.
The main objective of reviewing the National Environmental (Permitting and Licensing System) Regulations, 2009, S. I. No. 29 Regulation is to strengthen its provisions, by putting into consideration trending and emerging issues, as well as gaps identified in its implementation processes.
Topics relating to the request
Biological Diversity
Chemicals and Waste
Climate and Atmosphere
Environmental Governance and Rights
Land and Agriculture
Marine and Freshwater
Trade and Investment
Does your request align with the country’s United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework?
Are you able to fund or co-finance this support request?
Related Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 3
Goal 6
Goal 7
Goal 8
Goal 9
Goal 11
Goal 12
Goal 13
Goal 17
Related UNEA Resolutions
Science-policy interface
Chemicals and waste
Marine plastic debris and microplastics
Strengthening the role of the United Nations Environment Programme in promoting air quality
Ecosystem-based adaptation
Global Environment Monitoring System/Water Programme (GEMS/Water)
Different visions, approaches, models and tools to achieve environmental sustainability in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
Implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
Delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Sound management of chemicals and waste
Sustainable consumption and production
Prevention, reduction and reuse of food waste
Marine plastic litter and microplastics
Environment and Health
Investing in innovative environmental solutions for accelerating implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
Managing soil pollution to achieve Sustainable Development
Marine litter and microplastics
Preventing and reducing air pollution to improve air quality globally
Innovative Pathways to Achieve Sustainable Consumption and Production
Environmentally Sound Management of Waste
Related Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Basel Convention
Stockholm Convention
Montreal Protocol
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Kyoto Protocol
Hazardous Wastes Protocol
Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
Bamako Convention