MET launches online application system for environmental clearance

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has recorded a total of 853 environmental clearance certificate applications during the 2018/19 Financial Year (FY), representing a 30 per cent increase compared to the previous FY.

The Environmental Clearance Certificate is mandatory which provides list of activities that may not be undertaken without the certificate.

Speaking at the launch of the online application system for environmental clearance here on Thursday, the line Minister Pohamba Shifeta said in order to better service the increasing demand for environmental clearance certificates in in more efficient manner, MET developed the online application system.

He noted that before, the ministry will issue such certificate after three months, however with the online application system, applicants can receive their applications within a month.

It is our considered belief that this system will prove to be more rigorous, transparent and client friendly than the existing manual system, he noted.

The Minister also noted that the system enhances accessibility as it allows clients from outside Windhoek to submit their applications online and track progress online rather than having to travel to the capital city for submission.

As a ministry we are extremely conscious of the need to act quickly and not to delay projects that are critical for the development of this country, said Shifeta.

In addition, he indicated that the system allows easier transfer and renewal of environmental clearance certificates, adding that public engagement is also strengthened by allowing participation of all interested and affected parties.

This system allows for interested and affected parties to provide comments on environmental impact assessments and related documents as well as offers the opportunity for members of the general public to report concerns and potential cases of non-compliance with the law, he noted.

Source: Namibia Press Agency