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Training Module on Environmental Management Systems


A. Module Objectives (Slide No. 1)

At the end of the module, the participants shall:

  1. Understand EMS concepts, components and applications
  2. Appreciate the value of developing an EMS for various types of organizations
  3. Undergo an actual experience of conducting an environmental review activity and designing components of an EMS for a specific organization

B. Module Implementation Plan





Welcome and Introduction
  1. "Icebreaker activity"
  2. Introduction to the Module


15-30 minutes

Module Objectives
Module Coverage


Overhead projector, screen microphone, board and board marker or chalk

Materials for chosen icebreaker activity

Presentation Slides

Trainer's Inputs
(Lecturette/Question and Answer)
60 minutes EM Tools Matrix
EMS Paper
Presentation Slides
Plenary Discussion/Open Forum 30 minutes EMS Paper  
Class Exercise 6 - 8 hours EMS Worksheets
See Exercise
handout for other requirements
Reflection 15 - 30 minutes   Individual papers, pens
Closing and Evaluation 15 minutes Evaluation Forms Training Certificates
Total Training Duration: 1 day (8 hours) to 1.5 days (10 - 12 hours)


C. Suggested Introductory Activity (15 - 30 minutes)

  1. Pose the following introductory question, solicit responses and write these on the board.
    Given that the topic "Environmental Management Systems" has three big words, how will you define each word?

D. Trainer's Input Guide (60 minutes)

  1. Begin with the following input (Slide No. 2)
    • EMS is a decision-making tool that indeed is about the environment, is concerned with management and provides for a system
    • Relative to the environment, it is about identifying environmental issues that are present in an organization, geographical area activity or whatever is the concern being addressed. These may be issues about air, water or land or the physical attributes; concerns about flora and fauna or biological attributes; concerns about people or social attributes, or concerns about institutions or institutional attributes. This is because environment is really the sum total of everything that surrounds man.

  2. The coverage of the EMS session will include several items (Slide No. 3)

  3. As background, we must note five major events (Slide No. 4)

  4. An EMS is one that follows the well-known Quality Management approach of "Plan, Do, Check, Improve." (Slide No. 5)
    It is a problem identification and problem solving tool implemented in many different ways.

  5. There is no simple best approach to the development and implementation of an EMS, yet all EMS have a number of core elements
    • Environmental Planning (Slide No. 6)
    • Environmental Programme or Action Plan (Slide No. 7)
    • Organizational Structures (Slide No. 8)
    • Integration of environmental management into business operations (Slides No. 8-10)

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Table of Contents

  • Brochure
  • IETC Brochure

  • International Year of Forests
  • International Year of Forests

  • World Environment Day
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  • UNEP Campaign
  • UNite to Combat Climate Change