The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) was created in 1993 as the Ministry of Environment and Science and abolished in 2006 (the Environment portfolio was added to the Local Government Ministry; and Science, added to the Education Ministry). The Ministry was reconstituted in January 2009, and named Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST). However in 2013, the Ministry was renamed Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).
The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) exists to promote sustainable development by deepening and strengthening market driven Research and Development (R&D) for sound Environmental Governance, Science, Technology and Innovation through intensive awareness creation, collaboration and partnership.
The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) envisages to attain sustainable development through the utilization of Science, Technology and Innovation for wealth creation and sound environmental governance in a modern and competitive economy.
GOAL & MANDATE
The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) seeks to ensure accelerated socio-economic development of the nation through the formulation of sound policies and a regulatory framework to promote the use of appropriate environmentally friendly, scientific, and technological practices.
The Ministry adopted the following eight (8) policy objectives from the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda (GSGDA II);
1. Strengthen institutional and regulatory frameworks for sustainable natural resource management;
2. Reduce loss of biodiversity;
3. Enhance capacity to adapt to climate change impacts;
4. Promote green economy;
5. Promote the application of Science, Technology and Innovation in all sectors of the economy;
6. Strengthen the institutional framework to promote the development of research and its application;
7. Strengthen policy formulation, development planning, and M&E processes for equitable and balanced spatial and socio- economic development; and
8. Promote a sustainable, spatially integrated and orderly development of human settlements.
The core functions of the Ministry are to:
- Provide leadership and guidance for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation within the broad sector of the economy through sound policy formulation and implementation;
- Ensure the establishment of the regulatory framework and setting of standards to govern the activities of science and technology and the management of the environment for sustainable development;
- Promote activities needed to underpin the standards and policies required for planning and implementation of sound scientific and technological development activities;
- Ensure the coordination, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of activities of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation while fulfilling national benefits-sharing commitments;
- Set out the parameters required for programmes on environment, science, technology and human settlement in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in guiding the Districts Assemblies as the planning authorities at the local level;
- Analyse and coordinate all planned programmes as well as budgets in the environment, science, technology and innovation sector of the economy for purposes of achieving a single integrated management system;
- Initiate, simulate and coordinate research including the continuous development and review of policies, laws, rules and regulations in the environment, science, technology and innovation sector of the economy;
- Ensure effective environmental management and governance.