The Environment & Resources Authority (ERA), under the auspices of the Environment Protection Act (Cap.549), is required to develop policies to address environmental concerns and to encourage the integration of environmental considerations in external policies. Regular state of the environment reports have been published as part of this process, and as part of a commitment towards providing environmental information in a form that is easily accessible and user-friendly.
The Environment Protection Act obliges the competent authority, ERA, to publish a state of the environment report every four years. Supplementing this obligation is the publishing of annual updates of key environmental indicators used in the report. It is hoped that through this initiative, policymakers, opinion leaders, and members of the public will be able to keep abreast of environmental trends, while having access to more long-term, detailed information and analysis in the state of the environment reports.