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Environment Conservation Act, 1989

9 June 1989

The Environment Conservation has now largely been replaced by the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 but certain provisions still remain in force.

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General Policies



Identification of activities which may have a detrimental effect on the environment

Designation of provincial competent authority and local authorities who may issue authorisations for the undertaking of identified activities

Regulations made in terms of section 26

Reservation of land as Natural Areas