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Our Mandate
Our Team
Acts and Rules Administered


Our Mandate

To preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality; conserve and protect flora, fauna and other natural resources; enforce environmental Acts and Rules made by the Central Government and Government of Karnataka; coordinate various environmental policies and programs

The Department is under the Administrative Control of Minister of Cabinet rank for Forest, Ecology & Environment. The Department is headed by The Principal Secretary, Forest, Ecology and Environment and Secretary (Ecology & Environment).

Our Team


The Department has a technical wing consisting of a Director and seven scientific officers and also an administrative section consisting of an Under Secretary and associated staff.


The department has recently decentralized itself and Six Regional Directors (Environment) are now posted at Gulbarga, Bellary, Belgaum, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi. The Regional Directors posted at Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi will also be looking after the Coastal Zone Regulation aspects.

Activities of the Department

Enforcement of various Environment related Acts, Rules, Notifications etc., including

  • Implementation of Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981,
  • Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
  • Environment Protection Act 1986 and notifications issued under the Environment Protection Act.
  • Implementation of :
    National River Conservation Plan
    National Lake Conservation Plan
  • To accord Environmental Clearances in respect of certain categories of industries
  • To take up activities for the protection of Bio-diversity in the State
  • To oversee the activities / functioning of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
  • To oversee Coastal zone management of Karnataka

Acts and Rules Administered by the Department

  • The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, Rules, 1974-75
  • The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, Rules, 1977-78
  • The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, Rules, 1981-83
  • The Environment (Protection) Act and Rules, 1986
  • The Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989
  • Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules/Amendment Rules, 1989, Amendment 1992 and 1994
  • Manufacture, Use, Import, Export and Storage of hazardous Micro- Organisms, Genetically Engineered Micro-Organisms or Cell Rules, 1989
    Coastal Regulation Zone & Regulation of Activity in CRZ, 1991
  • Environmental Impact Assessment for Development Projects Notification, 1994, Amendment 1997
  • Bio-medical Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 1998
  • Manufacture and Use of Recycled Plastics, Carry bags and Containers, 1999
  • Direction for Use of Fly Ash, Bottom Ash or Pond Ash in the Manufacture of Bricks & other construction activities, 1999
  • Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000
  • Biological Diversity Act, 2002