Introduction to Environmental Protection
Our aim is to protect and improve the environment, and to integrate the environment with other policies across Government and in international fora. Effective protection of the environment requires activity on many wide-ranging different fronts - for example, from acting to limit global environmental threats (such as global warming) to safeguarding individuals from the effects of poor air quality or toxic chemicals. It is one of the four objectives of sustainable development. Actions to protect the environment also produce benefits such as housing (through improved energy efficiency of buildings), social progress (through action to combat fuel poverty) and economic growth (through more efficient use of resources, such as re-use, recycling and recovery of waste).
- Committees - short cuts to web sites for our advisory committee etc
- Environmental Action Fund
- Environment Agency (Defra Sponsorship)
- Environmental Liability
- Environmental Permitting Programme
- Environmental risks and accidents
- CBRN guidance
- International issues - including the Aarhus Convention (international democracy), biological diversity; illegal logging; Darwin Initiative; Environment for Europe Fund; Research; European Awards for the Environment; EU LIFE Fund; Kiev Environment for Europe Conference (May 2003); UNEP.
- Ecosystems and natural environmental protection
- National Environmental Health Action Plan - For historical reference purposes only
- Review of environmental enforcement
- Public access to environmental information - Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004
- Responses (to Parliamentary and other reports)
- Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
Details of Defra's central Helpline are on the "Contacting Defra" page of the web site. Within our information on environmental protection issues, we aim to include appropriate enquiry points within individual subject pages.
External links - Defra programmes, campaigns, agencies etc
- Directgov - Environment and greener living
- Environment Agency
- United Kingdom Clearing-House Mechanism (UK CHM)
- Drinking Water Inspectorate
- Info4local provides a quick way of locating and accessing a wide variety of information specifically identified as relevant to local authorities, together with a subscription service for e-mail alerts of relevant new material.
- IMPEL - European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law; an informal Network of environmental authorities of the Member States of the European Union.
Useful links - legal documents
UK Statutory Instruments
- UK Statutory Instruments are available on the Office of Public Sector Information website
- European Union website
- European Union legal documents
- The public register of Council Documents can be used to locate latest texts
- The current stage of the European Parliament's consideration can be obtained using the European Parliament's Legislative Observatory
Page last modified: 12 December 2007