This Act establishes the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, defines powers and functions of the Authority, defines environmental conservation objects and principles and the functions and role of Minister under this Act and makes provision with respect to conservation and protection of the environment in accordance with the Fourth National Goal and Directive Principle (National Resources and Environment) of the Constitution.In exercising powers under and in relation to this Act or an environmental conservation law, the Minister or the Authority, as the case may be, shall have regard to the specified principles. "Environmental conservation law" includes: the Conservation Areas Act; and (b) the Crocodile Trade (Protection) Act; and (c) the Environment Act 2000; and (d) the Fauna (Protection and Control) Act; and (e) the International Trade (Fauna and Flora) Act; and (f) any other law relating to environment or conservation matters the administration of which is or becomes the responsibility of the Authority from time to time.The Conservation and Environment Protection Authority is established as a body corporate and for the purposes of the Land Act 1996, the purposes of the Authority are a public purpose within the meaning of that Act. The Authority shall do all things necessary for the conservation and protection of the environment in accordance with the environmental conservation laws and any policy directions of the Minister and the National Executive Council. It shall also, among other things, coordinate with provincial and local-level governments and sub-national authorities to foster, manage and monitor environmental conservation strategies and programmes in the country and establish and maintain zoological and botanical parks and garden. The Act also imposes an environment management fee with respect to activities within the meaning of the Environment Act 2000.The Head of State, acting on advice, may commit to the care, control and management of the Authority an area of land that has been reserved from lease or further lease under Section 49 of the Land Act 1996 for a place for: (a) a national park, botanical or zoological garden, reserve or sanctuary for the protection of flora or fauna; or (b) any other purpose of the Authority under this Act or any other environmental conservation law.
Repeals: National Parks Act 1982. (2006)
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