Department of Environmental Protection

Minister of Environmental Protection

Sir Peter Gumley, Count of Armstrong GIOL OM KLOC

Department of Environmental Protection

Preamble:

A micronation is a small group, collective or community of like-minded people who express their desire for independence by establishing alternative systems of governance whilst observing and participating in the affairs of the macronation that “hosts” them. In general, a micronation’s ability to facilitate large scale environmental activities is limited. In the case of the DOEP, Lehmark Citizens are encouraged to be aware of the nature and condition of their immediate environment, which most often relates to their residential premises. Just as the total equals the sum, so individual Lehmark Citizens can contribute to the welfare of their environment and that

of their region by preserving the basic tenets of biodiversity and sustainable living. Thus the DOEP acts as a commentator on local, regional and global environmental issues that relate to the lived experience of the Lehmark Citizen. DOEP advisory Bulletins are issued to all Lehmark Citizens, usually one each month.

Description of Department

Vision:

The natural assets of the Empire of Lehmark are managed ethically and sustainably for the benefit of all.

Purpose:

To provide evidence-based advice to protect the sustainable use of the natural resources, wildlife and natural flora of the Citizen’s residences and nearby public spaces, parks and reserves in the vicinity of the territories of Empire of Lehmark.

Strategic Plan: As at 16 November 2021

The DOEP is developing advisory protocols for the following issues:

  • Management of noxious exotic weeds

  • Bushfires, prevention, warnings, precautions

  • Conservation of water resources, pollution,

  • Water safety, recreation, fishing

  • Observance of heritage and Indigenous environmental values

Ministerial responsibilities and Duties:

The DOEP is headed by the Minister for Environmental Protection.

The Minister is responsible for assisting and advising the Emperor and Autocrat with developing and periodically reviewing the DOEP Policy. Furthermore, the Minister of the Department is primarily charged with creating and enacting an Environmental Protection Policy that will ensure

that the physical environment of the Empire of Lehmark will be maintained in an ecologically sustainable manner, accepting that there must be a fine balance between the consequences of human habitation and the impact on Nature.

Contact the Department of Environmental Protection via email: LehmarkDOEP@gmail.com

Current Environmental Policy

As at 7 November 2021.

The DOEP has adopted an extensive Environmental and Climate Change policy aimed at directing our development to be greener and more eco-friendly. Our Policy aims to be adaptive and changeable to meet the changing needs of the planet.

Additionally, our Policy aims to be ambitious as we aim to make serious and genuine contributions towards the reversing of climate change. The current DOEP Policy was reviewed and re-written and is detailed in Imperial Decree LXXIX - On Environmental and Climate Policy.

2017 Micronational Declaration on Ecological Stewardship

In December 2020, Lehmark became a Signatory to the 2017 Micronational Declaration on Ecological Stewardship, this signature was ratified by Imperial Decree on 14 January 2021. Lehmark signed this document to show our commitment for the Defence of Nature and show our commitment to Mother Nature by aiming to reduce our footprint.

The Declaration makes 13 points how to reduce waste and protect nature. The first 2 points are as follows:

  1. Encourages micronations and their denizens to reduce waste through use of strategies such as:

    1. Using digital copies of media whenever possible;

    2. Properly recycling all consumable goods possible, including electrical and electronic goods,

    3. paper, toner, ink cartridges, iron, aluminum, polyethylene terephthalate, glass, and plastic;

    4. Household composting;

    5. Giving away, instead of discarding, unwanted items;

    6. Repairing broken items;

    7. Avoiding the purchase of single-use and non-essential items;

  2. Further encourages micronations and their denizens to protect watershed health by:

    1. Minimizing the use of cleaning products and fertilizers containing phosphates;

    2. Properly disposing of animal waste;

    3. Preventing and repairing engine leaks in land vehicles and watercraft;

    4. Reducing erosion by protecting slopes and planting suitable non-invasive trees and shrubs on erosive surfaces;

DOEP Bulletins

The Department of Environmental Protection (DOEP) has begun writing and distributing monthly Bulletins in order to raise awareness about the micronational environment of the Empire and the macronational environment of continental Australia.

The Bulletins will be focused around:

  • Veggie Patches

  • Residential Waste Management

  • Plastics Waste

  • Pollution Issues

Bulletins will also be published on this page monthly in order for outside supports to access as well.

Memorandum on National Development

Individualised Development Plans for Departments and Agencies, were introduced by Memorandum on 11 November 2020.

In Lehmark, Ministers and Agency Leaders have a duty to undertake necessary works that contribute towards the progression and development of Lehmark as a micronation. The Memorandum on National Development, provides goal based directives for Ministers and Agency Leaders to achieve so they can satisfy that civic duty.