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Mission Statement

To promote environmental sustainability through modern resilience practices, policies and programs.


To position the Commonwealth of Dominica at the forefront of sustainable environmental management within a climate resilient framework while creating employment opportunities, improving the quality of life of the Kalinago people and promoting rural modernization.

The Environmental Coordinating Unit (ECU) of the Ministry of Environment, Rural Modernisation and Kalinago Upliftment, was established by Cabinet Decision in 1999, to coordinate environmental activities in Dominica and to serve as the focal point for the implementation of all Multilateral Environmental Agreements to which Dominica is a signatory.

The ECU is a small Unit with five professional staff members. The Director of the Unit is paid by the Government of Dominica, while the other staff members are paid under the projects they manage and help implement. The Unit also contracts local and international Consultants.

Core Values

  • Resilience
  • Effective and efficient communication
  • Tolerance
  • Spirit of Industry and Enterprise
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Empowerment of the indigenous people
  • Dedication
  • Commitment
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Inclusiveness
  • Professionalism & Excellence

Role Of The Ministry

To mainstream environmental management strategies into national planning through a process of inclusiveness and the development and sustenance of public private partnerships.

To work in collaboration with the Kalinago community and leaders to improve the quality of life and expand economic opportunities for all Kalinago people living in Dominica.

Goals of the Ministry

  • To coordinate with public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations implementation of Government's risk reduction strategies, geared towards proper environmental management, waste management, and the creation of resilient rural communities
  • To establish legal framework for climate change including environmental management and climate financing
  • To provide capacity building in resilience monitoring and evaluation
  • To establish a strong coordination mechanism within the Ministry to serve as a hub for Government's climate resilience efforts
  • To promote collaboration and coordination across Government Ministries on indigenous policies and programs
  • To set priorities for and to track the progress of Dominica's indigenous agenda
  • To enhance government's awareness of the Kalinago people, issues and best practices for consulting and engaging with the Kalinago people
  • To encourage diversity, especially representation of Kalinago people, in the Dominica Public Service
  • To develop International/ regional relations with other indigenous people
  • To provide professional recruitment services which match employers with employees / interns to form successful work relationships

Portfolios and Overall Functions of the Ministry

The Ministry of Environment, Environment, Rural Modernisation and Kalinago Upliftment is charged with the following portfolios:

  • Mining
  • Natural Resources
  • Environmental Management
  • Forestry
  • Beach Control
  • National Parks
  • Conservation
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Sanitation Services
  • Kalinago Upliftment
  • Rural Modernisation
  • Constituency Empowerment
  • National Employment Program
  • Apprenticeship
  • Mentorship

Divisions/Departments/Units Within the Ministry

The Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal has a complement of seven (7) departments/units, namely:

  • Environment
  • Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division
  • Dominica Solid Waste Management
  • Constituency Empowerment
  • Kalinago Affairs
  • Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP)
  • National Employment Program