Ministry of Conservation and Land Management

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Ministry of Conservation and Land Management
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Formed 16 March 1992[1]
Central Office R.V. Cowan House
19-23 West Mall
Kingsbury, CENT
Employees 2,500
Senior administration
Minister of State Bryan Russell MHA
Permanent Secretary George Jenkins
Directorates
Arts and Culture
Environment
Executive agencies

The Ministry of Conservation and Land Management is the government ministry responsible for the protection of Guelphia's natural environment, cultural heritage, land management, and urban planning. Established through the merger of the ministries of Conservation and Lands in March 2004, the ministry has a workforce of around 9,500 staff based at R.V. Cowan House[2] in Kingsbury. The Minister of State for Conservation and Land Management is the Right Honourable Bryan Russell MHA.

Responsibilities

The Ministry is responsible for the management all of Guelphia's nature reserves, marine parks and wilderness areas. It also manages a number of heritage sites, including heritage listed homes, aboriginal sites and former battlegrounds. An additional role of the ministry is to provide support for the protection and rehabilitation of land and water resources damaged through overuse and poor farming practices.

The ministry is also charged with managing Guelphia's land resources, including land titles and mapping; as well as matters pertaining to land planning, including town planning.

Senior administration

Ministers

The Ministry of Conservation and Land Management is headed by the Minister of State for Conservation and Land Management, who is supported by a Deputy Minister and a Parliamentary Secretary, all of whom are supported a large body of civil servants assigned to them to manage the ministers office and ministry.

Office Name Term
Minister of State for Conservation and Land Management The Rt Hon. Bryan Russell MHA 2014-present
Deputy Minister for Planning
Assistant Minister for Conservation and Land Management
Kate Ambrose MHA 2012-present
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Conservation and Land Management Owen Jamieson MHA 2012-present

Permanent Secretary and other senior officials

Office Name
Permanent Secretary of State Sir George Jenkins
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for Arts and Culture
Joseph Mitchell
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for the Environment
Nicole Harris
Chief Operations Officer
Director-General for Corporate Services
Bruce Caldwell
Director of the Environment Agency Steven Jones
Director of the Historic Buildings Agency Michael Simmons
Surveyor-General of Guelphia
Director of the National Mapping Authority
Craig Anderson
Director of the National Planning Authority Amy Harris
Director of National Parks Ann Sheppard

Directorates and executive agencies

Directorates

The ministry has three directorates it is presently responsible for:

Directorate of the Arts and Culture

Created in 2004 by the merger of the Directorate of the Arts from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Directorate of Cultural Heritage from the Ministry of Conservation, the directorate is responsible for all formulating arts policy and overseeing the various artistic and cultural bodies across the country. In order to achieve this aim, the directorate is required to advise the Government on all aspects of the arts and cultural activity in Guelphia. This aim is achieved through the monitoring and co-ordination of the activities of the various national cultural institutions; the support and encouragement the arts in Guelphia through independent arts organisations (the government provides little in the way of funding directly to artists in Guelphia); and finally to manage all Government-sponsored arts or cultural events, and various the scholarships and awards that attract public funding in Guelphia. The directorate is not managed by a deputy minister, and reports directly to the Minister of State.

Directorate of the Environment

Charged with overseeing all matters relating to Guelphia's natural heritage, conservation of Guelphia's flora and fauna, and protection of the environment from excessive pollution threats. To this end, the functions of the directorate includes the identification and preservation of all national parks and wilderness areas in Guelphia, the development of policies that protect native flora and fauna, the built environment, archaeological remains, and moveable cultural heritage. The policies of the directorate also cover activities that aim to a achieve a clean and hazard-free environment in Guelphia, which in the past has included such diverse polices as 'climate change', reforestation, and waste management and disposal. As a policy directorate, it does not undertake any regulation of the aforementioned activities, with most of these devolved to a number of executive agencies and other government entities. The directorate is not managed by a deputy minister, and reports directly to the Minister of State.

Corporate Services Directorate

As with all other ministries in the Government of Guelphia, the Ministry of Conservation and Land Management has a Corporate Services Directorate. The Directorate is responsible for those 'back-end' activities that involve the delivery of enterprise-wide support services to all policy directorates and executive agencies. The aim of the directorate is to provide quality client service based on the principles of specialised knowledge, best practices, and superior technology solutions, to serve the internal customer base of the Ministry, and certain circumstances some or all of the Ministry's business partners. The directorate is divided into five 'branches', which provide specific support for a particular area of expertise, these being Estates Management, Finance, Information Technology, Personnel Services, and Procurement. The Corporate Services Directorate is headed by a Chief Operations Officer, with the rank of Permanent Under-Secretary of State, who in turn reports personally to the Permanent Secretary of State and the Minister.

Executive agencies

The ministry also contains several important agencies which have specialised regulatory or administrative functions:

Environment Agency

Further information: Environment Agency

Under the provisions of the Environment Protection Act (No. 7 of 1999), the functions of the Environment Agency are quite varied. In the first instance, the agency must ensure that the best practicable measures are being taken by individuals and businesses to protect the environment in accordance with the Clean Environment Act (No. 34 of 1990) and other legislation. To achieve this end, the agency is responsible for co-ordinating the activities of all other public authorities in the investigation and reporting on the alleged non-compliance with environment protection legislation for the purposes of prosecutions or other regulatory action. The agency also undertakes a number of reporting functions, by reporting on the efficacy of the Environment Protection Act, reviewing the regulatory framework for environmental protection, and advising on its rationalisation and simplification. To this end, the agency publishes an annual report on the state of the environment, and provides advice to government, industry, commerce, and other members of the community on environment protection best practice in Guelphia.

Historic Buildings Agency

Further information: Historic Buildings Agency

The Historic Buildings Agency is charged with the management and maintenance of Guelphia's built heritage. To this end, the agency is funded to acquire any historical houses of unique historic and architectural interest in to house museums for the enjoyment of the general public. The assets vested in the agency also extend to the grounds of any building acquired, and the fabric and contents of the said same buildings. The agency is also tasked with the provision of educational and cultural resources, with the aim of increasing public knowledge of Guelphia's built heritage, and ensuring that the public have the full enjoyment of those buildings. The agency was established by way of the passage of the Historic Houses Act (No. 18 of 1991), and was initially charged with the management and maintenance of some six historic houses. As of the 2012, the agency owns and operates museums in some 50 historic houses, offices, workshops, factories, and other buildings across Guelphia.

National Mapping Authority

Further information: National Mapping Authority

Responsible for the provision of mapping and surveying services in Guelphia, the National Mapping Authority was established as an executive agency by regulation in May 1971. Previously all mapping functions had been undertaken by the Ministry of Lands. Today, the authority is responsible for the publication of the all topographic and basic cadastral maps of Guelphia, the maintenance of the geodetic survey network, the supply of aerial photographic coverage, the production of miscellaneous tourist maps, the production of aerial photography, and project mapping for other government departments and agencies. All of the authority's map and surveying data is made available in digital and conventional printed formats, and is done so at no charge to those wishing the data for non-commercial purposes, although printed copies are charged to recover costs, and commercial users must pay for a licence to access the data. The authority is led by the Surveyor-General of Guelphia, currently held by Craig Anderson.

National Planning Authority

Further information: National Planning Authority

The National Panning Authority is an agency charged with the responsibility of overseeing and coordinating all aspects of town and country planning in Guelphia. The Authority is tasked with securing the orderly and economic development and use of land, as well as the preservation of protected lands (such as green belts and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), from undue and untimely development. The authority was established by the passage of the Land Planning Act (No. 34 of 1975), which with some amendments, has continued to operate since. The Authority does not, and can not make decisions on planning applications, with all such powers held exclusively by regional and county councils. The Authority reports straight to the Deputy Minister for Planning in the Jones ministry, a position currently held by Kate Ambrose MHA.

Royal National Parks Service

Further information: Royal National Parks Service

The agency responsible for management and protection of Guelphia's parks and reserves, the service was established by way of the passage of the National Parks and Wildlife Act (No. 35 of 1927) in May 1929. The primary duties of the service are to ensure the conservation of protected fauna and flora throughout Guelphia; promote community awareness, understanding and appreciation of the conservation of nature and our cultural heritage; investigate and acquire land for inclusion in a system of protected areas to conserve a complete range of the natural environment of the kingdom; manage historic places within the protected areas system and to acquire historic places of significance; manage these areas and culturally significant feature for enjoyment and conservation; and finally, to identify, protect and manage areas of natural wilderness. The service is headed by a Director of National Parks, currently Ann Sheppard. The service has a long history in Guelphia, and was recognised for it's service to the country when it received the 'Royal' prefix in October 1976.

References and notes

  1. Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 1) 1992, was the Administrative Arrangements Order that established the Ministry of Conservation and Land Management and the office of Minister of State.
  2. Formerly known as the Lands Titles Office Building.

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