Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine is a central executive authority activity of which is governed and coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources operates in the field of environmental protection, ecological safety, treatment of waste, hazardous chemicals, pesticides and agricultural chemicals and perform state ecological expertise.
The Ministry is entitled in the area of atmospheric air, preservation of ozone layer, restoration and protection of flora and fauna, restoration and protection of lands, restoration and protection of water resources (surface, ground, sea waters), efficient usage of water resources.
Moreover, Ministry ensures legal and regulatory governing of the water management and land reclamation, geological study and efficient usage of mineral resources, as well as performs state supervision on the fulfillment of the requirements of the environment legislation.
As a government ministry it exists since 1991. In 1995-2000, the ministry also supervised the nuclear safety as Ministry of Environmental Protection and Nuclear Safety of Ukraine. In 2000, it switched to its current name until 2003 and recovered it again in 2010. In 2003-2010 it was the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine. On 29 August 2019 the ministry was merged into the Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining. But it was re-created as the ecology ministry on 27 May 2020.