The Department of Environmental Planning & Protection

The Department of Environmental Planning & Protection also known as DEPP was established in 2020. DEPP manages the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and reviews environmental impact assessments (EIA) and environmental management plans (EMP) for development projects within The Bahamas. DEPP is located on the first floor of Charlotte House, corner of Charlotte and Shirley Streets.

Here a team of environmental officers coordinates the review of commercial, industrial, and residential development projects under consideration by the Government of The Bahamas. The team also evaluates research permit applications for scientific investigations involving or affecting natural resources within The Bahamas. In addition, the team reviews the environmental aspects of various government infrastructure projects and responds to queries regarding the environment and environmental planning and protection.


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DEPP works closely with various agencies to achieve the country’s goals of a comprehensive system of environmental management.