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Inappropriate and inadequate regulations for the protection of our environment constitute a major challenge to socio-economic development. NESREA has developed the following twenty four (24) Environmental Regulations which have been published in the Federal Republic Official Gazette and are now in force.  The Regulations are:

  1. National Environmental (Wetlands, River Banks and Lake Shores) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 26. This Regulation provides for the conservation & wise use of wetlands & their resources in Nigeria and ensure sustainable use of wetlands for ecological and tourism purposes and to protect wetland habitats for species of fauna and flora.

  2. National Environmental (Watershed, Mountainous, Hilly and Catchments Areas) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 27. This makes provisions for the protection of water catchment areas.

  3. National Environmental (Sanitation and Wastes Control) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 28. The purpose of this Regulation is to provides the legal framework for the adoption of sustainable and environment friendly practices in environmental sanitation and waste management to minimize pollution.

  4. National Environmental (Permitting and Licensing System) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 29. The provisions of this Regulations enables consistent application of environmental laws, regulations and standards in all sectors of the economy and geographical region.

  5. National Environmental (Access to Generic Resources and Benefit Sharing) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 30. The overall purpose of these Regulations is to regulate the access to and use of generic resources to ensure the regeneration and sustainability of threatened species.

  6. National Environmental (Mining and Processing of Coal, Ores and Industrial Minerals) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No.  31. This Regulation seeks to minimize pollution from mining and processing of coal, ores and industrial minerals.

  7. National Environmental (Ozone Layer Protection) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 32. These provisions seek to prohibit the import, manufacture, sale and the use of ozone-depleting substances.

  8. National Environmental (Food, Beverages and Tobacco Sector) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 33. These provides to prevent and minimise pollution from all operations and ancilliary activities of food, beverages and tobacco sector to the Nigerian environment.

  9. National Environmental (Textile, Wearing Apparel, Leather and Footwear Industry) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 34. The main thrust of this Regulation is to prevent and minimize pollution from all operations and ancilliary activities from the sector to the Nigeria environment

  10. National Environmental (Noise Standards and Control) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 35. The main objective of the provisions of this Regulation is to ensure tranquility of the human environment or surrounding and their psychological well-being by regulating noise levels.

  11. National Environmental (Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Soap and Detergent Manufacturing Industries) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No. 36. This Regulation is to prevent and  minimize pollution from all operations and ancilliary activities from this Sector in order to protect Nigeria environment.

  12. National Environmental (Standards for Telecommunications/Broadcasting Facilities) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 11. The main objective of these regulations is to protect the environment and human health, ensure safety and general welfare, eliminate or minimize public and private losses due to activities of the telecommunications and broadcast industry

  13. National Environmental (Soil Erosion and Flood Control) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 12. The overall objective of these Regulations is to check all earth-disturbing activities, practices or developments for non-agricultural, commercial, industrial and residential purposes.

  14. National Environmental (Desertification Control and Drought Mitigation) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 13. This Regulation seeks to provide an effective and  pragmatic  regulatory  framework for the sustainable use of all areas already affected by desertification and the protection of vulnerable lands

  15. National Environmental (Base Metals, Iron and Steel Manufacturing/Recycling Industries) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 14. The principal thrust of this Regulations is to prevent and minimize pollution from all operations and ancillary activities of the    sector in the Nigerian Environment.

  16. National Environmental (Control of Bush/Forest Fire and Open Burning) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 15. The principal thrust of these Regulations is to prevent and minimize the destruction of ecosystem through fire outbreak and burning of any material that may affect the health of the ecosystem through the emission of hazardous air pollutants.

  17. National Environmental (Protection of Endangered Species in International Trade) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 16. The major objective of this Regulation is to protect species of endangered wildlife from extinction through the prohibition of trade, importation, etc.

  18. National Environmental (Domestic and Industrial Plastic, Rubber and Foam Sector) Regulations, 2010. . S. I. No. 17. The principal thrust of this Regulation is to prevent and minimize pollution from all operations and ancillary activities of the Domestic and Industrial Plastic, Rubber and Foam Sector to the Nigerian environment.

  19. National Environmental (Coastal and Marine Area Protection) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No 18. This Regulation provides for the regulatory framework for the application of preventive, precautionary and anticipatory approaches so as to avoid degradation of the coastal and marine environment

  20. National Environmental (Construction Sector) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 19. The purpose of these Regulations is to prevent and minimize pollution from Construction, Decommissioning and Demolition Activities to the Nigerian Environment.

  21. National Environmental (Control of Vehicular Emissions from Petrol and Diesel Engines) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 20. The purpose of these regulations is to restore, preserve and improve the quality of air.  The standards contained herein provide for the protection of the air from pollutants from vehicular emission.

  22. National Environmental (Non-Metallic Minerals Manufacturing Industries Sector) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 21. The principal thrust of this Regulation is to  prevent and minimize pollution from all operations and ancillary activities of the  Non-Metallic Minerals manufacturing sector.

  23. National Environmental (Surface and Groundwater Quality Control) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No. 22. The purpose of this Regulation is to restore, enhance and preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the nation’s surface waters, and to maintain existing water uses.

  24. National Environmental (Electrical/Electronic Sector) Regulations, 2010. S. I. No 23. The principal thrust of this Regulation is to prevent and minimize pollution from all operations and ancillary activities of the Electrical/Electronic Sector. This Regulation covers both new and used Electrical/Electronic Equipment (EEE/UEEE).

These Regulations are to ensure that our national development agenda is not at variance with the carrying capacity of our fragile environment.

 

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