Technical Commission for the Protection of the Environment (COTAMA)

The Technical Commission for the Protection of the Environment (COTAMA) was created by Law 16.112, which also created the Ministry of Housing, Land Management and Environment (MVOTMA). It is comprised of representatives of all Ministries, delegates from the legislative commissions and other regional state delegates, delegates from the Chambers of Industry and Commerce, workers, rural associations and environmental NGOs. Its objectives are to advise the Ministry on new laws, projects or standards as well as to support their implementation. An important point of its functions is the formulation, implementation and evaluation of the National Plans for environmental protection.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

embedded in the constitution/legislation 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
civil society private stakeholders  
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making


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