Defense International Environmental Program

Final Governing Standards

Final Governing Standards (FGSs) are a comprehensive set of country-specific substantive environmental provisions, including applicable foreign nation environmental laws and regulations and international agreements.

In accordance with DoD Instruction 4715.05, Environmental Compliance at Installations Outside the United States, DoD establishes, maintains, and complies with FGSs to protect human health and the environment in foreign countries where DoD maintains substantial installations. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment is responsible for identifying those foreign countries that require FGSs.