The Environment Agency provides high quality environmental protection and improvement in England and Wales. We work with businesses and other organisations to prevent damage to the environment by providing education and guidance.
We are an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Our principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. We play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government through our functions and roles.
How we work
How we aim to make your community a better place, who to contact if you have an environmental problem, and how we work with others.
Read the links below to find out more about what we do, and what our plans for the future are. You can also read our corporate strategy, annual report and corporate plan to find out how we have addressed key issues and the targets we set.
Our long-term goals for a rich, healthy and diverse environment for present and future generations.
What we do
We are responsible for protecting and improving the environment of England and Wales. We also have responsibility for protecting communities from the risk of flooding and managing water resources.
Working in the Welsh language
Since we have responsibilities for the environment across England and Wales, we have to be able to provide our services in Welsh as well as English. Find out about our Welsh language scheme.
At the Environment Agency, we are committed to promoting diversity and equality in all our policies, practices and procedures and to valuing the diversity or our workforce and the customers and communities we deal with.
Information on how our organisation is structured.
We have offices across England and Wales working on carrying out Government policy, inspecting and regulating businesses and reacting when there is an emergency such as a flood or pollution incident.
However, in Wales a new organisation, Natural Resources Wales, will become operational on 1 April 2013; bringing together the functions of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales, and the Forestry Commission Wales. The Environment Agency will not manage the environment in Wales from 1 April 2013. Customers in England should not experience any change in our level of service. We will continue to work closely as partners with Natural Resources Wales.
How we are structured
Our structure, from boardroom to local offices
Our Board and Directors
Who's who on our board.
Pension Fund Management
How do we manage our pension fund? This page links to documents detailing our investment strategy, annual reports and research.