Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)
REMA is non-sectorial institution mandated to facilitate coordination and oversight of the implementation of national environmental policy and the subsequent legislation.
REMA has a key role to play towards the achievement of the national goal of sustainable development as set in out in the National Developement Vision 2020.
The alarming rate of environmental destruction as a result of population pressure, serious erosion, pressure on natural resources, massive deforestation, pollution in its various forms etc. necessitated the Government, to form REMA to coordinate, supervise and regulate environmental management for sustainable development in Rwanda.
To achieve its objectives, REMA has to work with and through public, private sector and civil societies. Thus, the structure of REMA must accommodate operational links at these levels in order to enhance service delivery to its stakeholders. REMA structure should be flexible enough in order to cope with various challenges at central, decentralized and international levels. Two types of environmental management functions below, have to be given thorough consideration in the process of preparing the structure of REMA:
1. Sectoral Environmental Management Functions relating to specific natural resources or environmental services such as agriculture, water, mining, forestry, waste management etc.
2. Coordination and integration of environmental management functions in relation to cross-cutting issues such as monitoring and evaluation of environmental policy and implementation of environmental legislation, these are a prelude of REMA.See more