The Office of the Director is responsible for managing all NIMOS activities. The General Director does so in coordination with other institutions, organizations, and persons involved in management of the national environment.
1. NIMOS interaction with other Government organizations
Government Ministries all are responsible for some aspect of national environmental management. Some Ministries manage the nation’s environment and natural resources directly, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Planning, and the Ministry of Regional Development. Other Ministries have responsibilities for specific environmental concerns, such as the Ministry of Public Works for waste management and for pollution control related to the transport sector, the Ministry of Public Health for disease control. Others have a more indirect responsibility, such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most Ministries have specialized sections mandated to deal with these concerns.
NIMOS collaborates closely with the sector ministries and the agencies concerned in order:
2. Cross-sector and sector-specific environmental management
The roles and tasks of the NIMOS’ offices reflect the main cross-sectoral functions required for national environmental management. The cross-sectoral design reflects the very nature of environmental concerns, i.e. that they tend to reach across the conventional economic sectors.
In some cases the resolution of environmental problems may require a sector-specific approach. For example, some form of sectoral approach might be effective in addressing and prioritizing a multitude of environmental issues as required in the NEAP process. Many other sectoral concerns can be conveniently dealt with by Sectoral Environmental Assessments.
In order to ensure that sectoral issues receive the proper attention and handling within NIMOS and are presented in a coherent fashion to line ministries and other bodies outside NIMOS, some of NIMOS’ Offices will be assigned specific sectoral responsibilities. The Directors of some NIMOS offices will, in addition to their other tasks, serve as focal points for specific sectors, when the need for a sectoral approach is evident. They will be responsible for integration and coordination of all of NIMOS’ activities for the particular sector, and will represent NIMOS accordingly. The Directors may assign sector working groups, small teams of NIMOS staff representing offices directly involved, to assist in resolving sector environmental issues.