National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act

Digest

The purpose of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act is to provide for the conservation and protection of ecologically viable areas in South Africa that characterise the country's biological diversity and natural land and seascapes. This Act provides for the declaration and categorisation of different kinds of protected areas (including national, provincial, and local protected areas). Additionally, it provides for the management authorities, plans, monitoring and restrictions in respect of protected areas. This Act promotes intergovernmental co-operation and public consultation in matters concerning or related to protected areas.  Furthermore, sections 80 to 85 regulate issues pertaining to the acquisition of rights in or to land. Finally, the Act includes several miscellaneous matters, such as regulations, offences, and penalties for contravention of the Act.

This Act amends parts of the Environmental Conservation Act 73 of 1989 and is amended by the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Amendment Act 31 of 2004, National Environmental Laws Amendment Act 14 of 2009, National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Amendment Act 15 of 2009, and National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Amendment Act 21 of 2014.

Country: South Africa
Statute Number: 57
Year: 2003